FEMA extends emergency declaration for Flint into summer

Posted at 5:01 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 06:38:56-04

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A federal emergency declaration aimed at helping Flint and Genesee County residents during the city’s lead-tainted water crisis has been extended.

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

The state made the extension request this month to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA approved it, but told the state that no further extensions will be granted.

President Barack Obama signed the emergency declaration on Jan. 16.

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

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