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Snyder asks Obama to reconsider Flint denial

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    Flint Water Crisis

    Flint's water crisis arose arose after the city broke away from Detroit's water system to save money pending the completion of a new regional pipeline in 2016.

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    Flint's water crisis arose arose after the city broke away from Detroit's water system to save money pending the completion of a new regional pipeline in 2016.

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

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.

Read the appeal letter here.

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