Flint Coalition began its work digging up lead service lines in the city of Flint a full 24 hours before any city-sanctioned crew.

Dr. Jawad Shah tells WNEM his group's efforts are funded entirely by donations.

"I see us as one voice. I don't believe that we are the voice of the city, I think we are one voice and we want to add the different wonderful voices to try advocate for the city," Shah said.

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