The problematic and toxic water in Flint, Michigan is causing an all-out disaster for residents living there, and even in some surrounding municipalities. While efforts and aid are coming from all corners of the country, conditions are not showing any immediate signs of alleviation. News stories show images of brown water coming out of faucets, but what exactly is going on? When did this all begin and when will it end?
Contrary to what most Americans know about the situation, the Flint Water Crisis – as it has been dubbed by so many – has its origins back in April of 2014 when the city’s water source was switched away from Detroit and to the Flint River. Almost immediately, residents started to complain about the poor taste, smell, and look of the water, and some suffered from new illnesses. A couple of months later, General Motors reported that Flint River water was corroding their engines, and still no action was taken to improve the water conditions. In January of 2015, Flint officials promoted the safety of the water, despite the surmounting evidence that said otherwise.
It would not be until September, after the Hurley Medical Center found high levels of lead in the blood of Flint children, that Michigan State Governor Rick Snyder acknowledges there is a serious problem in Flint’s water supply. Shortly after that, the state pledged $1 million to buy bottled water for the residents there, confirming in so many words that the water is not safe, and has not been safe for quite some time.
What Can Be Done for the People of Flint?
At this time, several world-famous humanitarian organizations are working to provide healthcare and clean water to the people of Flint, Michigan. Those who wish to make a charitable donation may consider the Red Cross or The Salvation Army to name two of many. For the people of Flint, however, relief must also come from within the city, and a mass tort or class action against the negligent government bodies could be the answer.
At Sacks Weston LLC, our complex litigation attorneys in Philadelphia are familiar with environmental law that might be coming into play soon in Flint. When it comes to representing people done wrong by the government and big corporations, we are no strangers to standing up for what is right. If you would like to know more about our law firm, inquiries may be made by calling 215.764.3008.