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Community reacts to pipe replacement progress

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Gov. Rick Snyder Gov. Rick Snyder

People were shocked to read that Gov. Rick Snyder has committed to replacing at least some of the lead water pipes in Flint.

TV5 was the first to break the news after going to Lansing to ask the tough questions.

"We want to find the high priority for replacement as soon as we can and then work on longer term solutions," Snyder said.

The announcement came down shortly before hundreds turned out for a meeting on Flint water class action lawsuits.

Melissa Mays has been outspoken about the need for action, and said the entire community has been waiting for any sign of action.

"It's a first little step, but it's something," Mays said.

Governor's office says the state has an agreement with Rowe Professional Services, an engineering firm in downtown Flint.

Rowe will analyze the water system and determine high-risk areas where the work needs to begin.

"I think it's going to help out a lot because right now, everybody is angry, they're sad, they're frustrated," Mays said. "A lot of people want to give up, so we're trying to stop that from happening, so to see this construction at least start, that'll be fantastic."

Snyder said he plans to tap into the $195 million package of support he’s put in his budget and use $25 million to begin replacing pipes.

The governor also said there are other resources that may provide more cash for replacement projects.

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