City offers Flint residents informational session on water lawsuit settlement

Mayor says this is about “transparency and access to accurate information”
Published: Nov. 22, 2020 at 11:57 PM EST
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - The city of Flint’s attorneys will be on hand to provide information to residents about the water lawsuit settlement on Monday.

The event will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. on the city’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley wants to make sure residents have access to accurate information regarding the proposed water lawsuit settlement.

“We’ve already seen lots of misinformation out there,” he said. “This is an opportunity for residents to hear directly from the city’s attorneys on what this settlement would mean to residents.”

The settlement agreement has been submitted to Judge Judith Levy from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, which allows the city to openly discuss details of the settlement.

Flint switched its drinking water source from Detroit to the Flint River more than six years ago. The river water was not properly treated and corrosion ate away the protective lining inside lead-based water service lines.

That allowed microscopic bits of lead to break off the pipes and enter home or business water systems, which poisoned residents.

Last August, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a $600 million settlement with the state then as the only participating defendant. Since then, the city of Flint, McLaren Regional Medical Center and Rowe Professional Services Co. have each agreed to settle the claims against them, bringing the total settlement to about $641.2 million.

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Monday’s session will include an overview of the settlement. City attorneys and the city’s outside counsel will also answer frequently asked questions. The informational session will also be available on the City of Flint’s website and on public access television.

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