Flint mayor renews state of emergency

Karen Weaver
Flint, Mich. Mayor Karen Weaver responds to a reporter's question at a news conference during the U..S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan will commit $28 million in the short term to pay for filters, bottled water and health professionals in Flint's water crisis. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

FLINT, Mich. – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has renewed the City of Flint’s declaration of emergency.

The city’s original declaration expired in August, but there are still people who can’t drink their water.

Weaver officially renewed the emergency declaration on Monday, November 15, and is calling on other levels of government to honor it despite both the state and federal Disaster Declarations having expired as well.

Both Lansing and Washington have committed to getting Flint’s contaminated water system cleaned.

The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that Michigan will be receiving $119 million over the next five years to go towards eliminating lead hazards in low-income homes within the state. Michigan will contribute $330 thousand annually to the effort, which will include replacing lead pipes and removing lead paint and dust.

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