DETROIT – Hundreds of hard-working families in the community of Flint, Michigan are now seeking justice after they were exposed to dangerous and potentially deadly toxins for nearly two years.
Recently, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office released thousands of pages of documents and emails. In at least one of those emails, sent in 2014, a Snyder aide called the water issue in Flint “an urgent matter to fix.”
Snyder did not declare a state of emergency in the Michigan city until last month.
A lead poisoning attorney at Cellino & Barnes toured the community on Monday and says residents deserve answers and they deserve justice.
“For nearly two years, families were told this water was safe to drink, safe to cook with and safe to bathe in,” lead poisoning attorney Joe Vazquez said. “Unfortunately, lab tests have found toxic levels of lead in their drinking water and in some cases, people have been infected with dangerous or even deadly bacteria.”
Michael Gadola, the governor’s top lawyer at the time, told state staffers in 2014 that he was concerned about the water situation in Flint.
“My Mom is a City resident,” wrote Gadola in a recently released email dated in 2014. “Nice to know she’s drinking water with elevated chlorine levels and fecal coliform.”
Flint had cancelled water service it was receiving from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department as a cost-saving measure in April of 2014. Gadola recommended that the city switch back to Detroit’s water system because the idea of using water from the Flint River was “downright scary.”
After receiving Flint River water for just a few months, a General Motors manufacturing plant in Flint wouldn’t even use the water to clean its machinery because the water was found to be corrosive to its auto parts. The corrosion didn’t stop there.
The water, which wasn’t treated properly, caused the city’s iron pipes to corrode. As a result, lead leached into the water supply.
“The people in the Flint community trusted their government and their elected officials to protect them,” Vazquez said. “Instead, those officials caused hard-working families to suffer irreparable harm.”
Blood tests have revealed that many Flint residents have toxic levels of lead in their bodies. The city has also seen a significant spike in the number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a deadly illness caused by bacteria.
Lead poisoning attorneys are now helping the Flint community hold the state accountable for its negligent actions. Those who have been affected by tainted water are urged to contact a lead poisoning attorney at Cellino & Barnes immediately to discuss your legal options.
Some families could receive significant compensation for their injuries or loss.
Contact Cellino & Barnes today to learn more.