Community activists start digging up lead service lines in Flint - WNEM TV 5

Community activists start digging up lead service lines in Flint

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Community activists hire group to dig out lead service lines on E. Alma (Source: WNEM) Community activists hire group to dig out lead service lines on E. Alma (Source: WNEM)
Community activists hire group to dig out lead service lines on E. Alma (Source: WNEM) Community activists hire group to dig out lead service lines on E. Alma (Source: WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

With Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s plans to start digging up lead service lines delayed, and no action from the state yet, community activists have jumped into action.

“With respect toward what the city is trying to do, trying to accomplish. And what the state is trying to accomplish. We are very concerned as private citizens and as multiple organizations about the people,” said Jenan Jondy, a community activist.

That’s why Jondy and others started digging today on the north side of Flint. Armed with a team of workers from Waldorf Excavating, and under the watchful eye of city officials, they began digging up some lead service lines.

Those lines are what experts say have been causing lead contamination across the city, and at this house on east Alma.

“There is a humanitarian cost that we are talking about. There are children’s lives and their futures that are at stake. The north side is the hardest hit area in the city of Flint, so we decided we are gonna start the process of changing the pipes,” said Jondy.

While organizers couldn’t confirm the price tag of the dig, they tell us it baffles them that neither the city nor state have started digging.

But the community activists did say why they decided to start at this home.

“This is a single parent mother with kids in here. And like, she said this is a humanitarian effort. Enough is enough with the political rhetoric and things that have been going on,” said Leon El Amin.

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