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Report: Lead problem in Flint could be worse than thought

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Researchers from a local university say the lead problem in Flint could be much worse than previously thought.

The team at the University of Michigan has studied service pipes removed from the homes and they've found nearly each one removed as part of Mayor Karen Weaver's Fast Start Program contain lead.

Not only do twice as many homes have lead service lines but the cost to replace them could skyrocket.

Researchers said this proves the city's record are outdated and they also write the $27 million allocated to replace the pipes will only solve a fraction of the problem.

General Michael McDaniel, who is managing the city's Fast Start Program, said these findings don't necessarily come as a surprise.

He said Congress and state leaders will need to find more money to replace the pipes, and as you can imagine, this is added frustration to local residents.

"I’m just kinda curious how they gathered it, from who and what parts of Flint. If they polled all of Flint or however they got that,” Michael Stakley, a Flint resident said.

McDaniel said the city will continue with the Fast Start Initiative and use the $27 million to replace pipes.

He expects that money to run out sometime in the next year.

The governor's spokesman said the state will review the city's needs and if more lines need to be replaced than originally thought, that will trigger a review of financial needs as well.

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