DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – President Obama says $80 million in federal funds is on the way to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
“The administration is still holding fast at this was a man-made issue, not an act of God, but the fact that the governor asked for $96 million under the disaster declaration — this is more than half a loaf and I’m sure this is something that the governor will welcome with open arms,” said WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: From Mackinac to Motor Bella, Major Events Return
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The long-term infrastructure fix in Flint, the possibility of completely replacing all of the water pipes in Flint will be an astronomical cost – it could be $1.5 billion dollars or in that neighborhood – right now the governor’s strategy is to re-coat those pipes — with fingers crossed that it will take care of the corrosion problem — so that the water coming out of the taps in Flint will be safe to drink says Skubick.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
This week, lawmakers in the Michigan House approved $28 million in funds for Flint. Skubick says the Senate is expected to vote to approve it next week.