Gov. Rick Snyder was advised in late September that the state bore responsibility for Flint’s water problems because former state Treasurer Andy Dillon made “the ultimate decision” to let the city leave the Detroit system, according to emails released Wednesday.

The city later turned to corrosive Flint River water that caused aging pipes to release lead into the drinking water.

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The emails, detailed in 274 pages released by Snyder on Wednesday, offered a rare peek into the internal deliberations of the governor’s office, which is typically shielded from requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

They shed new light on Dillon’s role in approving a request in April 2013 by Flint officials to join other Genesee County communities as customers of the Karegnondi Water Authority after a half-century of buying drinking water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

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