President Obama rejects Flint water disaster appeal

FLINT, MI (WLNS) – The Obama administration officials denied Governor Rick Snyder’s appeal for additional aid in Flint, saying the crisis does not fit the legal definition of a major disaster which is typically defined as a natural disaster.

Earlier this month President Obama declared a federal emergency in the city committing up to $5 million in aid.

But Governor Snyder wanted more and asked for a disaster declaration which would have brought millions of more dollars.

But that request was rejected earlier this week.

In response to the president’s appeal-denial Friday, Governor Snyder has requested that the Commander in Chief award money to Flint through two programs. One is called the Individuals and Households Program, which would provide things like housing assistance and replacement of personal property.

The other program would provide money for emergency protective measures.

6 News is here for you with the latest on the Flint water crisis and the future of Flint.

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