FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Flint’s mayor says she expects Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s request to President Barack Obama for an emergency and major disaster declaration amid the city’s water crisis to result in more help for the city.
Karen Weaver tells WWJ-AM on Friday morning that she was glad to see Snyder move forward with the request.
Weaver declared a state of emergency in December due to problems with the city’s water system and wanted Snyder to act. She says it’s been “a long time coming” in the effort to get federal aid for Flint.
Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. Local officials declared a public health emergency in October.