Homeowner's yard torn apart after lead pipe replacement - WNEM TV 5

Homeowner's yard torn apart after lead pipe replacement

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

As work continues to replace lead water lines in Flint, crews are leaving a lot of disturbing ground in their wake.

One resident said her yard was left a mess a long time ago. She wonders when it’s going to be cleaned up.

“Look at our yard. It looks like a caveman style yard. It’s a caveman yard. And they’re fixing everybody else’s,” said Rachel Purdy, Flint resident.

For many people in Flint, getting their lead water lines replaced was a long-awaited moment. But for Purdy, it has left a trail of destruction.

“It’s been like this since last July. There’s not even a hill there anymore. It’s just all dirt,” Purdy said.

 She said a contractor installed lead-free pipes almost a year ago, but after the work was done her yard was full of holes and mud.

“They said the city would come back out in a week or so and fix our grass. A week went by and they never came. Filled in our neighbors and everybody else’s, but never ours,” Purdy said.

TV5 took the tough questions to the Flint Street Maintenance Department, but no one was available.

A city representative at city hall said Purdy’s yard will get fixed in a month.

“I just wish they would come do something, you know,” Purdy said.

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