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More than 30,000 registrations so far in Flint water deal

Flint Water Tower photo
Associated Press

More than 30,000 registration forms have been received from people who want to participate in a $641 million Flint water lawsuit settlement.

The deadline is next Monday.

“The registrations are coming in at a pretty brisk pace but timing matters so I just want to repeat that deadline,” U.S. District Judge Judith Levy said Wednesday during a status conference that was livestreamed on Zoom.

Special Master Deborah Greenspan reported 33,341 registration forms were received as of Monday.

Flint, the state of Michigan, a hospital and an engineering firm agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of Flint-area residents who were exposed to lead-contaminated water or died from Legionnaires’ disease.

The settlement covers people who claim injury, property damage or business loss from exposure to the water. The state is paying $600 million. Fees for lawyers, however, could take up to $200 million or more from the $641 million agreement.

Payments will vary depending on a claimant’s exposure and injury. Children are supposed to get 80% of the settlement. The judge has given the deal preliminary approval but final approval is months away.

There is information about registering at officialflintwatersettlement.com.

Managers appointed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder switched Flint’s water source to the Flint River in 2014 while a pipeline was being built from Lake Huron. Lead leached off old pipes because the water wasn’t treated to reduce corrosion.