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Judge plans to hear from residents in $641 million Flint water deal

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Posted at 7:04 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 07:04:40-05

DETROIT — A judge says she’ll wait until January before deciding whether to give preliminary approval to a $641 million settlement in a lawsuit by Flint, Michigan, residents.

They were exposed to water contaminated with lead and bacteria.

Federal Judge Judith Levy says Flint residents will still get a chance to give their opinion if preliminary approval is granted.

Most of the money is coming from the state of Michigan.

Regulators in then-Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration allowed Flint to use the Flint River for water without treating it to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead in old pipes broke off and flowed through taps.