Snyder: FEMA won’t aid Flint households

Money would have covered costs of food, water, water system repairs

Potentially lead-tainted water flows from a kitchen sink tap in Flint in January 2016.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the Obama administration has denied a request for money to help Flint households with the crisis caused by lead-tainted drinking water.

Snyder said in a release Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected his request for funding through emergency protective measures and Individuals and Households programs. They would have covered costs of food, water and other needs, as well as help repair water systems.

FEMA earlier approved an emergency declaration to bring up to $5 million in direct funding to Flint. Federal officials denied declaring a disaster, which could have brought millions more.

A disaster declaration is mainly for natural disasters. Snyder appealed and sought funding through other programs.

Snyder says he’s disappointed by the denial.

Federal officials have approved and denied other Flint-related requests.

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