Flint water crisis: Progress made, but problems still exist

Criminal case moving forward

7 years after Flint water switch: Progress made, but problems remain

FLINT, Mich. – It’s been seven years since the water switch that took lives, impacted the health of thousands and exposed dangerous government flaws.

While much has changed in Flint, there’s still a lot left to be done.

Food and bottled water are still being handed out for those who don’t trust the water pipes, but the days of widespread distribution are over.

To date roughly 10,000 lead pipes have been replaced. Officials claim the project is about 90% complete. While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress, it also caused the city to take another economic hit.

However, during the last year, there has been progress in the investigation. Former Gov. Rick Snyder were among those who were charged.

There’s also a $600 million settlement deal that will be used to pay victims, improve infrastructure and develop programs to help those impacted physically and financially.

You can watch Hank Winchester’s full story in the video above.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.