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Three families from Flint, Michigan, each with children who have been seriously impacted by lead contaminated water in Flint, along with Napoli Shkolnik visited Washington D.C. to share their stories with Members of Congress to support a Flint Victims Compensation Fund.
IMPORTANT: Former President Obama Declares State of Emergency in Flint, Michigan Over Water Crisis
Residents may be entitled to compensation for exposure to contaminated drinking water.
Nearly six years ago, the city of Flint, Michigan joined the Karegnodi Water Authority (KWA), a new pipeline project that would deliver water from Lake Huron when completed. In the meantime, the city of Flint would be receiving drinking water from the Flint River.
In the weeks following this switch to the Flint River as the potable water source, some residents began buying bottled water as they complained of poor tasting and smelling city water. Despite efforts to correct the issue, the city issued a boil-water advisory after testing revealed bacteria in the water system.
Water quality fears continued to grow when claims were made that the corrosiveness of the water may be causing lead to leach into the resident’s water. Findings by the Hurley Medical Center show that more Flint infants and children have elevated levels of lead in their blood since the city switched to using the Flint River.
If you are a resident or property owner in Flint, you may be able to recover damages for your exposure to contaminated drinking water. Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is ready to help those residents who pursue personal injury and property claims related to the Flint water contamination. Give the Environmental Attorneys of Napoli Shkolnik a call today at 212-397-1000 to discuss your legal options.
Related Flint Michigan Water Crisis Resources:
CNN: Focus on Flint: Aftermath of the Water Crisis
Low water use in Flint homes hinders recovery of the water system: read the article.
First set of emails released by Governor Snyder on January 20, 2016, dating back to 2014-2015.
Second set of emails and corresponding documents made available from state departments regarding the Flint water crisis. Departments include the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Treasury, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding Flint water.
Staff emails and documentation between Governor Syder’s office, MDEQ and City of Flint, dating back to 2011 (1, 2, 3, 4 & 5).
Flint Water Advisory Task Force (FWATF) Report: Findings and Recommendations regarding the Flint water crisis.
Link to free lead testing:
Genesee County Health Department lead testing clinic. Provides information for setting up an appointment, walk-ins, etc.