Obama declares state of emergency ” in Michigan over Lead poisoning

President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Flint, Michigan, that clears the way for federal aid to the city undergoing a drinking water crisis.

The White House issued a release Saturday calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to "alleviate the hardship and suffering" on residents.

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Following the announcement, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released a statement on his website:

"I appreciate the President approving my federal emergency request and supporting Flint during this critical situation," said Snyder. "I have pledged to use all state resources possible to help heal Flint, and these additional resources will greatly assist in efforts underway to ensure every resident has access to clean water resources."

According to the statement, FEMA support will come in the form of water, water filters, filter replacements and water test kits.

Flint's city switched water supplies in 2014 while a new pipeline was under construction and the corrosive water from the Flint River leached lead from old pipes.

Mashable

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