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Gov. Snyder asks U.S. SBA for economic disaster declaration in Flint

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Governor Rick Snyder is seeking an economic disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration for Flint and Genesee County as the city struggles with lead-tainted water.

Snyder's office says the request was made Thursday and would pave the way for financial assistance for city residents and business owners affected by the contaminated water from aging water pipes.

If approved, low-interest loans would be made available for small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations that suffered substantial economic injury as a direct result of the contaminated public water supply.

The city's water supply became contaminated with lead when it switched its source from Detroit to the Flint River in 2014 to save money.

At the time, Flint was under state financial oversight.

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