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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Federal lawsuit filed in Flint water crisis

Melissa Mays (right) says she won't feel the water is safe until every home in Flint is tested.
Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Flint’s water crisis is now the subject of a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of four families was filed Friday.

The lawsuit singles out 14 state and local officials FOR “reckless” conduct connected to the decision to switch to and stay with the Flint River for the city’s drinking water source.  The lawsuit names Gov. Rick Snyder, former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and former emergency manager Darnell Earley, among others.  

Flint switched back to Detroit water after testing showed river water was damaging pipes and increasing lead levels in the city’s drinking water.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered a wide range of health problems.

In addition to damages, the lawsuit seeks money for a “medical monitoring fund.”

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