FEMA extends emergency declaration for Flint over water crisis

A federal emergency declaration to help Flint and Genesee County residents during the city’s lead-tainted water crisis has been extended.

Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday that federal supplies of bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and test kits will continue until Aug. 14.

The cutoff had been set for mid-April. The state asked for an extension this month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved it, but said no further extensions would be granted.

Lead began leaching from aging water pipes into some Flint homes after the financially strapped city switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River to save money in 2014. Flint was under state oversight at the time.

Flint is back on Detroit’s system. Crews also are replacing lead-tainted service lines.

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