On August 20th, a $600 million settlement was announced for the victims of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. All starting 6 years ago when the city turned to the Flint River as a water source while a new pipeline was being constructed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tested the water for dangerous levels of lead when residents began showing symptoms. The biggest concern was how this would affect the children in the communities. Over 25,000 children live in Flint, Michigan according to the NYTimes. Elevated levels of lead have been tested in children living in the area. Signs of rashes and illnesses cause alarm for irreversible damage to their young developing brains.
The settlement is still in need of federal judge approval, the start to some hopeful news. With false expectations in the past, some residents are being cautious but hopeful on how long it will take for the settlement to process and in the hands of victims.
Though no amount of money can take back the pain that residents of Flint suffered. Their physical health has been jeopardized, as well as their social and finical health. The settlement gives the people of Flint, Michigan the hope that it will all be over soon. Donations can be made at https://www.savethechildren.org