Snyder meets with Flint mayor over water crisis

Governor Rick Snyder met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver  to agree on a new plan to solve the city's water crisis.

But they still have to figure out how much it is going to cost - and other state officials are already raising red flags about infrastructure problems in other cities.

High levels of lead were found in the water and in some children. The state admits it is to blame for the crisis. The big question is how much will it cost to fix it.

While some Flint residents are upset with Snyder over their water, the two participants in the 45-minute meeting today are not at odds.

"This is good, it is a great day for the citizens of Flint," Weaver said.

"By working together we can do things faster and better than we can separately," Snyder said.

The governor says there is plenty to do to protect the residents of Flint, many of whom have been exposed to lead in the water.

"More testing, more filters," Snyder said. "Long term solutions - better follow up, public health care for the effected individuals, looking at education opportunities."

The governor and the mayor will ask state lawmakers to spend more money - but how much, the mayor does not know.

"We've heard from millions up to $1.5 billion," said Weaver. "We're doing assessments right now to see what it is going to cost."

But that eventual cost could be even higher because the state reports other communities that may not have lead in their water, but they do having rotting pipe systems according to the state's acting environmental director Keith Creagh.

"Aging infrastructure, public infrastructure in this state is a serious problem," Creagh said.

FOX 2: "And could it be elsewhere in the state?"

Creagh: "It is elsewhere in the state."

But for right now, Flint is at the head of the line for state aid. The dollar amount to be determined.

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