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One month after raising the alarm, pediatrician concerned still over lead

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical is sounding the alarm again.

"So despite switching back to Lake Huron water, the water is not safe and people need to know that," Hanna-Attisha said.

The head of the pediatrics department at Hurley gets straight to the point.

“We have aged our water infrastructure probably 20 years and we have lost that protective seal that use to be on pipes that prevented lead from getting in the water and nobody knows when that's going to come back," Hanna-Attisha said.

"We haven't received nothing – no kind of letters it’s dangerous," said grandmother Amy Palmer.

Palmer is frustrated. Her 17-month-old grandson Shane has yet to be tested for lead by either the Genesse County Health Department or the city of Flint, leaving her with lost hope.

“It just scary – that’s why we buy water from the well,” Palmer said. “That why I buy water from the store for sure.  I would trust the water here.”

Other parents and guardians are expressing the same concerns, but the answers seem lost in translation.

"You try to do everything you can for your children, you want the best for them and something like this is out of your control," Palmer said.

Mayor-elect Karen Weaver is a child psychologist and feels strongly about the health future of our children and this city.

“Look at what's happening,” Weaver said. “We can't use our water still and because we've made the switch back we still have infrastructure issues that are causing lead to bleed in the water.”

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