Water Crisis: Snyder declares state of emergency for Genesee County

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency for Genesee County because of the ongoing issues with lead in the city of Flint’s water supply.

That declaration makes available all state resources to cooperate with local operations.

In addition, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are now authorized to coordinate state recovery efforts.

Gov. Snyder said the state resources will work with the Flint Water Advisory Task Force to find short-term and long-term solutions to ensure the health and safety of Flint residents.

Snyder also activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate state response and recovery activities.

State agencies will report to the center to coordinate resources, assess the situation and begin providing assets to assist with local relief operations.

On Monday Genesee County declared a local state of emergency for response and recovery planning.

A local emergency declaration was ordered for the city of Flint on December 14, 2015.

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