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New warning letters sent to residents about excessive lead levels in Flint

New warning letters sent to residents about excessive lead levels in Flint city water. (Photo: WEYI)

New warning letters sent to residents about excessive lead levels in Flint city water.

NBC 25 has obtained a letter from the Genesee County Health Department saying "some residents shouldn't be drinking their water period."

This comes after the latest round of lead testing in the city. NBC 25 spoke to a homeowner who received the letter.

The homeowner got a letter from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality that shows the lead in their home is at 235 parts per million, that is 15 times the federal action limit.

For Leah and Tony Palladeno, the months waiting and wondering about their health took a new turn.

The DEQ says tests at their home show lead and copper levels are extremely high, so high their water filter can't remove it.

Tony said," We knew, and it's been two and half years now, but my bones and her bones, we can hardly even get up anymore, we're 54-years-old."

Tony and Leah also own rental properties nearby and all four have water with too much lead.

Leah Palladeno, which has lead in her blood said, " Like I said when I first went to the Dr. they told me if I wanted a lead test, I would have to pay for it and insurance would accept it, but then I went back a few months later and now it was mandatory for all people."

A Flint City Councilman says he may take action to fix the pipes.

Flint city councilman Eric Mays said, "I've got some construction people, and right now we want to locate that, and we want to do the first replacing of the lead pipes, and I've got someone who will do one for free. "

The Genesee County Health Department is also sending out letters like this one.

It also says don't drink the water even if you have a filter.

We reached out to the Genesee County Health Department and the DEQ, but they didn't return our phone calls.

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