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Flint residents using class action lawsuit to take government to court

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"For the last two years, I've been lugging water in and out of the house," said Kerensz Harris.

Life's been rough for Flint resident Harris.

That's because her tap water has been tainted with lead after the city of Flint switched its water supply to the Flint River.

And as explained at a meeting inside the Dort Arena, the state may be on the hook for millions in damages thanks to a class action lawsuit.

Robin Greenwald is with Weitz & Luxenberg, one of the firms representing Flint plaintiffs.

"People are kind of incredulous. This couldn't have really happened that a government entity took something away from people and gave them something that's poisoned their kids and probably adults as well," Greenwald said.

She said it's the first example she can think of where her firm has gone after the government, not a private organization such as a utility company or manufacturing plant, for tainting people's water.

"It's usually corporations trying to make money and save money by dumping their chemicals. This is so unusual in that it's the government who did it," Greenwald said.

Harris, who puts the blame squarely on Gov. Rick Snyder, is pushing for him to get recalled as well.

She supports the legal efforts to hold the state accountable for the water crisis.

"I'm really disappointed in the delay from government," Harris said.

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