Snyder asks Obama to reconsider Flint disaster declaration

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking President Barack Obama to reconsider the denial of his request for a federal disaster declaration in Flint.

The governor submitted his appeal on Wednesday, likening the crisis to a flood and saying that the city’s lead-contaminated water is a “natural catastrophe in the sense that lead contamination into water is a natural process.”

The Obama administration declared an emergency but determined the crisis did not meet the legal definition of a major disaster.

Snyder says the “considerable” needs brought by the disaster exceed the funding capabilities of state and local government. He says without additional federal aid, Michigan won’t have money to repair the entire public water system, plumbing inside homes in the high-poverty city and to provide other assistance.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says she will not call for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s resignation over the water crisis in her city.

Asked at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., what repercussions Snyder should face, she said Snyder needs to remain in place to provide “the services and the money, the funds that we need to address the population.”

Flint’s water became contaminated with too much lead when its water source was switched in a cost-cutting measure in 2014. Protesters called for the governor’s resignation as he delivered his State of the State speech Tuesday night.

Weaver refused to join those calls, saying she is staying focused on what she can get from the governor to resolve the crisis.

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