Two lawsuits filed in Flint water crisis

FLINT, MI (WLNS) – In the meantime, two new class action lawsuits were filed Tuesday against Governor Snyder and Michigan officials over Flint’s water crisis.

6 News Joe Gebhardt was in Flint when the announcement was made. He joins us now with more.

On Tuesday afternoon Flint residents alongside their legal team filed not one, but two class action lawsuits in response to the water crisis.

Attorneys say they are representing tens of thousands of residents.

The defendants include Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as several Flint officials.

Inside the cramped room at the University of Michigan-Flint campus dozens of civilians came to hear the legal team discuss what their plans are to help the city.

Attorneys are looking for relief from money damages.

They believe it is wrong to charge people money for water when it is not drinkable.

According to the lawsuit, state and local officials did not properly monitor the Flint River and then delayed the public of serious safety and health risks to conceal the truth.

Now, they want answers.

“How could he not know about this crisis when GM in October of 2014 said ‘we don’t want your damn water anymore because it’s rusting our parts.’ How could he not know what was going on in Flint? He’s going to sit in a deposition and he is going to answer those questions,” said Michael Pett, attorney, Flint water crisis.

“Especially with the youth and the seniors, it is definitely a challenge because when you have seniors whose systems are already compromised to have this, you know, affect them, this is, uhh, it, it, it has devastating parameters to it,” said Ellen Rogers, father lives in Flint.

According to the attorneys, it could take anywhere from two months to one year for the water system to fully clear of lead.

They also are making the connection that those who contacted legionnaire’s disease were directly associated with drinking the contaminated water.

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