Activists, private contractors take initiative on pipe removal - WNEM TV 5

Activists, private contractors take initiative on pipe removal

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People in Flint are taking matters into their own hands.

Community activists and private contractors put shovels in the ground to dig out those lead pipes.

The city of Flint was scheduled to start digging on Thursday, but postponed it because of the cold weather.

But some people weren't waiting around.

"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.

Jondy and others started digging on the north side of Flint.

Armed with a team of workers from Waldorf Excavating, under the watchful eye of the city officials looking on, they began digging up some of the lead service lines.

"There is a humanitarian cost that we are talking about," Jondy said. "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 going to start the process of changing the pipes."

While organizer of this outreach would not confirm the price tag of this mission, it baffles them that neither the city nor state has begun what they have decided to do on their own.

"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 activist Leon El Amin.

This effort is a sight Greg Waldorf of Waldorf Excavating would prefer to see more often.

"I think we should get started and get something done i think as soon as they let us get started. We can go every day," Waldorf said.

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