The soil and water of this predominantly Black and Latino city contain dangerous levels of lead.
A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago*
The soil and water of this predominantly Black and Latinx city contain dangerous levels of lead.
A sign displayed in a front yard request that residents keep from playing in the dirt or mulch at the West Calumet Housing Complex on September 4, 2016, in East Chicago, Indiana.
By Yessenia Funes
Carmen Garza, 74, moved to the city of East Chicago, Indiana, 41 years ago. She bought her house with her husband and quickly made it home, turning their backyard into a tomato and chili garden every summer. “They were so good,” Garza tells Colorlines in Spanish. “Riquísimos.”
Three years ago, that ended after a neighbour asked the couple why they were growing vegetables in contaminated dirt.
The Garzas quickly abandoned their garden. But they were left with more questions than answers:
“She told me it was contaminated, but she…
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