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Michigan appeals for federal help in Flint water crisis

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 00:52

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder asks that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan be declared a federal emergency, after lead was found in the drinking water of the Detroit suburb. Diane Hodges reports.

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The trucks are rolling into the Flint, Michigan, bringing cases of clean, safe drinking water. Levels of lead, bacteria and other harmful substances began rising in the city's taps since it began drawing water from the Flint River in 2014, a move made by a state-appointed emergency manager to save money. Earlier this week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sent the state's National Guard to distribute bottled water and other supplies. Now, he's asked President Barack Obama to declare the crisis a federal emergency. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is hoping to receive help from other sources as well. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MAYOR KAREN WEAVER, SAYING: "Everything isn't going to come from the federal government. There's some things the state should be helping us with as well." The Federal Emergency Management Agency will review the request. For now, Flint's residents will be getting their drinking water from these.

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Michigan appeals for federal help in Flint water crisis

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 00:52