As the Flint water crisis unfolds, residents of Macomb County are grappling with their health and safety amid a rising rate of cancers and a lack of access to basic health care.
In the last few days, residents have reported finding a water pipe and two pieces of aluminum pipe in their homes.
They also have reported a number of other incidents that have been deemed suspicious.
“We’re just trying to figure out what’s going on, because we don’t know if it’s all related,” said Macomb resident Mark Riggs, who has been dealing with a number the past few weeks.
“The water is coming in a different color, we don`t know what it is.”
Riggs said he was alerted to the pipe being in his backyard on Wednesday morning.
“It was just in my yard, and then the next day, it was back out in my backyard,” Riggs said.
Riggs added that the water has not been filtered and that he thinks it might have come from a neighbor.
“It is a concern.
I can`t wait to get it out of there.”
Macomb has a population of about 10,000 people, with about 15 percent of residents living in poverty.
The county was declared a disaster area in August due to a spike in cancer rates.
Riggs and other residents have taken to social media to share their concerns, sharing images of the pipe.
“What’s really bothering me is that the pipes are still here, they are still being used,” Riggins said.
“There are other things that are happening around us.”
The city of Flint has been the focus of the national attention and concern.
Residents have been protesting against the decision by the state to switch the water source and the state`s refusal to provide treatment facilities.
Residents in Flint are also asking for help finding new sources of water.