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Equipment used in Flint pipeline replacement vandalized

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Authorities are investigating after a contractor involved in the Flint pipeline replacement arrived to find their equipment vandalized. 

Mayor Karen Weaver said equipment for WT Stevens Construction, one of the contractors working on the FAST Start pipe replacement initiative, was being stored at Bryan Elementary School.

Workers arrived Friday morning to find the equipment had been torched, the windows of a backhoe busted and a $70,000 truck destroyed.

Officials said the vandalism happened overnight and investigators believe adults are responsible.

There are no suspects at this time.

Police believe there may be surveillance video of the incident and are continuing to investigate. 

"It's really devastating to see that you know. We had pipe replacement coming and now the equipment has been destroyed," said Lisia Williams, resident.

Ten lead service lines would have been replaced on Friday had the equipment not been vandalized.

"You know, you go back and forth between sadness and anger. You don't know which feeling you have more of," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. "What kind of people would keep the residents of the city of Flint from getting clean water?"

Weaver said the damage put a dent in the Fast Start Program. It also added a new expense.

"Now we've got to have security out here, which makes no sense when this is to help us," Weaver said.

WT Stevens Construction said this mess won't stop them from finishing the job.

"While it's a minor setback, you know it's not going to stop us from moving forward," Jeff Grayer said.

Grayer is co-owner of the construction company. He said the damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars. Despite that, his company is not going anywhere.

"We have family members who dwell within the community who are going through this," Grayer said.

As for Williams, she had one message for the vandals.

"We got families that are struggling to make sure they can give their children clean bathing water and you took it upon yourself to stop it," Williams said.

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