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FEMA grants presidential emergency declaration extension

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FEMA has approved an extension of a presidential emergency declaration for the City of Flint and Genesee County.

The extension, made at the request of the state of Michigan, will continue the declaration until August 14.

It was first approved on Jan. 16 and authorizes federal supplies of bottled water, filters, test kits and other items to help ensure the safety of Flint’s drinking water.

“With this federal assistance, much-needed resources will continue to be available to Flint residents while this crisis exists," Gov. Snyder said. "We are working diligently with local, state and federal partners to ensure the people of Flint have access to quality drinking water at their homes as soon as possible."

FEMA did note that this will be the final extension granted. In a letter outlining the extension, FEMA says that the water is estimated to be safe to drink by May 1. Gov. Snyder says that the decision will be based not on a calendar date but on extensive testing.

Snyder declared a state of emergency on Jan. 5 for the city of Flint and Genesee County. By declaring an emergency, he has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the affected area. 

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