Update on Flint's water emergency: talking with Mayor Weaver

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FLINT (WJRT) - (01/26/16) - Fresh off a trip to Washington D.C., Mayor Karen Weaver says she's happy to be home to keep working on solving Flint's water emergency, but a lot has happened while she was gone - from an investigation into the state's handling of the situation, to a protest on water bills at city hall on Monday.

ABC12 sat down with the mayor to see what her thoughts are on where Flint is and where it’s going.

She started with Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State.

"It was a good start. I know he talked about the 28 million (dollars), we need it, but we need a lot more than 28 million, and so we need some more money to come to the city of Flint,” Weaver said.

Also relating to Snyder, Michigan's attorney general Bill Schuette has launched an investigation into who had a role in Flint's water emergency. Some say Schuette can't be impartial.

"I do want to hear more about the investigation, but I have heard the concerns that people have brought up. We're told it's going to be an independent investigation, so we'll have to see how that goes,” Weaver said.

The question of how much it would cost the city to replace lead-tainted service lines has come up recently.

Weaver clarified it would cost at least $1 billion.

As far as if replacements would include city service lines and pipes in peoples' homes?

"And we're looking at all of that, we have to. Nobody's going to be comfortable if they're not and why should they be?" Weaver said.

Dozens of people showed up to a protest at city hall on Monday - they say Flint residents shouldn't have to pay expensive bills for water they can't use.

Weaver has a message for them: "We’ve been listening to that and we're taking everything into consideration and we'll have some information for you coming soon,” she said.



 
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