Gov. Snyder named in lawsuits tied to Flint water crisis

Gov. Snyder outlines plan to address Flint water crisis on Jan. 11, 2016. (WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is the target of two class-action lawsuits filed by Flint residents over the state’s handling of the city’s water crisis.

The Flint Journal reports that the suits were announced Tuesday in Flint.

One filed in Genesee County Circuit Court seeks to stop Flint from shutting off residential service for nonpayment of bills. It also requests that customers should not have to pay for water they can’t drink.

The other lawsuit was filed Friday in the state Court of Claims.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray tells the newspaper that the governor’s office has not yet received the lawsuits.

Corrosive water from the Flint River caused lead to leach from old pipes into homes after the city switched over from Detroit’s water system to save money in 2014.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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