New report nearly doubles number of lead lines in Flint - WNEM TV 5

New report nearly doubles number of lead lines in Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

While efforts to replace the lead laced water lines underneath Flint have been moving forward, new details show there's an overwhelming amount of work still to be done.

The University of Michigan estimates 29,100 homes need their lead service lines replaced, but only a small number have been replaced.

"There is a very concrete difference to them seeing that poison leave the ground," said Keri Webber, Flint resident.

Webber said a few months after her lead service lines were removed, her family is breathing a sigh of relief. Although, she knows it's not over for many of her friends and fellow residents of Flint.

"It's sad. I've met thousands of people doing this work for the water crisis and not one I met has a new line, not one," Webber said.

At last check, 460 homes have had their lines replaced under the Fast Start program initiated under Mayor Karen Weaver.

"The Fast Start program has been abysmal at best. Just the state's help, everything's anemic. Nothing's moving fast," Webber said.

Weaver has said her goal is to have 1,000 lines replaced by the end of the year. To some, that goal seems like a drop in the bucket.

Webber said her lines were replaced by an anonymous donation, not the Fast Start program. Her home wasn't slated for replacement for another year, even though her home tested at consistently high levels of lead which affected her and her family's health.

"We're still tons of doctors appointments, back and forth to Ann Arbor," Webber said.

As for using the water, Webber said that psychological damage has been done and that trust is broken.

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