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Class action lawsuit filed by residents over Flint water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water was filed Monday on behalf of the city’s residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as other current and former government officials and corporations.

The federal lawsuit — which is seeking class-action status — alleges that tens of thousands of residents have suffered physical and economic injuries and damages. It argues officials failed to take action over “dangerous levels of lead” in drinking water and “downplayed the severity of the contamination” in the financially struggling city.

Snyder’s spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an Associated Press email seeking comment on the suit, which seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Flint residents since a public health emergency was declared last year. The latest lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven residents.

Flint, with a population of about 100,000, had switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River as a way to save money until a new pipeline to Lake Huron was ready. But during those 18 months, the corrosive water leached lead from the city’s old plumbing because certain treatments weren’t added to the water.

Snyder, whose administration repeatedly downplayed the lead threat, now calls it a “disaster.”

A report by the state auditor general released Friday found that state environmental regulators made crucial errors as Flint began using the new drinking water source that would become contaminated with lead. It says staffers in the Department of Environmental Quality’s drinking water office failed to order the city to treat its water with anti-corrosion chemicals as it switched to the river in April 2014, but also said the rules they failed to heed may not be strong enough to protect the public.

The report came as crews in the city started to dig up old pipes connecting water mains to homes.

No level of lead in the human body is considered safe, especially in children. The river water also may have been a source of Legionnaires’ disease, which killed at least nine people in the region.


Discount Day program to be held March 10  at Redford Court

Redford’s Seventeenth District Court invites the public to participate in its “Discount Day” program for all eligible tickets on March 10.

Individuals with eligible tickets will have the opportunity to clear delinquent citations in person without fear of being arrested upon their voluntary appearance on March 10 only.  Depending on the status of the offense, certain fees, such as the bench warrant fee and the late fee may be waived. All payable parking, traffic, and misdemeanor violations issued by police agencies within the Charter Township of Redford are included in the program. In order to qualify for the program, participants must pay the balance of their tickets in full. No rain checks or payment plans will be given on discounted tickets.   

All payments must be made in cash, certified check, credit or debit card. Individuals seeking additional information can contact the court at (313) 387-2790.