Obama declares state of emergency over Flint water contamination

Flint water plant
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President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, on Saturday in light of the city's ongoing water contamination crisis, The New York Times reports. The move was requested by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) so that the city could receive federal aid.

Flint's tap water became contaminated in 2014 when the city switched supplies. The elevated lead levels found in the water can lead to behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and kidney ailments.

Also on Saturday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders called on Snyder to resign.

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