The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
Credit Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

Flint Water Settlement Fairness Hearing Ends With Clash Over Attorney Fees

Jul 15, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Three days of hearings focused on the fairness of a $641 million settlement of civil claims tied to the Flint water crisis have come to an end.

Thursday’s final day of hearings focused on how much the lawyers will be paid.

Lawyers Spar Over Objections To Flint Water Settlement

Jul 13, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

On Monday, a federal judge held the first of three days of hearings into objections to a $641 million settlement of Flint water crisis civil lawsuits.

EPA Chief Works To Rebuild Trust With Flint Residents

Jul 7, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The new administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency was in Flint Wednesday, in part to address the agency’s battered image in the community.

Harold Harrington is a master plumber. Fixing people's pipes is what he does. But it was something he found in his own home in Flint, Mich., that disturbed him.

"This came out of my house," Harrington says as he holds a small piece of pipe. "This piece of galvanized was in my basement. It fed my upstairs faucet and this is out of my upstairs bathroom. ... It's full of lead."

Harrington is among the tens of thousands of residents of Flint whose contaminated drinking water cast a spotlight on a threat faced by communities across the United States.

Seven Years Since The Start Of The Flint Water Crisis: 'It's A Journey.'

Apr 26, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Sunday marks the seventh anniversary of the start of the Flint water crisis.

On April 25, 2014, officials pushed the button switching Flint’s drinking water source from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Part of the $641 million Flint water crisis settlement might be in jeopardy.

McLaren Flint Hospital agreed to contribute $20 million to the settlement. The rest of the money is coming from the state of Michigan, the city of Flint and Rowe Professional Services.

Monday Is The Deadline To Register For Flint Water Settlement

Mar 29, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Monday is the deadline for people to register for the $641 million Flint water crisis master settlement.

As of a week ago, more than 33,000 people had registered to be part of the settlement. 

Michigan Ex-Governor Loses Challenge To Flint Water Charges

Mar 18, 2021
Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy / State of Michigan

A judge on Thursday rejected a request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal.

Lawyers for Rick Snyder said he worked in Ingham County, not Genesee County, so the indictment was returned in the wrong place. But Judge William Crawford II said prosecutors have flexibility about where to pursue a case.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Former Gov. Rick Snyder should learn soon if a judge will dismiss charges against him connected to the Flint water crisis.

The former governor is charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty.   The exact reasons for the charges are unclear since a judge has yet to release evidence presented to the one-man grand jury that issued the indictment.

Lawyers Seeking 32% Of $641M Flint tainted Water Settlement

Mar 9, 2021
Flint sign over street
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Lawyers who negotiated a $641 million settlement for victims of Flint’s lead-contaminated water are asking a judge to set aside up to 32% for fees and expenses for years of work on the case.

If granted, the request would total $202 million in fees and $7 million in expenses for dozens of attorneys who made a deal with the state of Michigan, Flint, a hospital and an engineering firm, according to a court filing Monday.