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Flint mayor signs new Emergency Declaration

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has signed a new Emergency Declaration to extend the State of Emergency in Flint and is now urging state and federal leaders to reinstate emergency declarations for the city.

The Flint City Council voted Monday in favor of the move due to the ongoing impact of the water crisis.

Weaver said the city is still in the midst of a public health and civil rights crisis caused by lead-tainted drinking water.

And that extending the State of Emergency in Flint will let the public know the citizens and the City of Flint are not out of the woods and still need help.

"We cannot let this story die until the problem that was caused through no fault of our own has been fixed, we must continue to give this issue the attention it deserves," said Weaver. "I want to thank the Flint City Council for voting to support the extension. Next, we will send the declaration to county officials. We hope to again have the support from leaders on all levels of government including the state and federal levels."

The Emergency Declaration expired Monday, November 14, 2016 although both levels of government have continued their work to resolve the water crisis.

 Mayor Weaver has tapped $25 million in state funds to replace lead-tainted service lines at more than 350 homes so far and hopes to get lines replaced to nearly 700 more homes this fall under her FAST Start initiative before winter temporarily halts the work.

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