August 20, 2020

It comes six years after lead from pipes leaked into residents' drinking water.

The state of Michigan has agreed to pay victims of the Flint water crisis $600 million as compensation, both sources and officials confirmed Thursday.

The settlement would pay claims from several lawsuits that sought damages for people who suffered illnesses related to the crisis.


Some 8,000 children are believed to have some level of lead poisoning in the city, while 150 people died from Legionnaires Disease, according to ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.

"The residents of Flint were victims of horrendous decisions by the State, its employees, and other defendants that have resulted in tragic and devastating consequences, Ted Leopold, the court-appointed interim co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. "This public health disaster was the product of a complete disregard for the health and well-being of ordinary citizens."

"While we can never undo the damage that occurred to the citizens and community of Flint, we are pleased that today we were able to secure a measure of justice for the proposed class and the Flint community, and will continue to seek justice against the remaining defendants," Leopold said.

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