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Federal judge orders extension to Flint water settlement claims deadline

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A federal judge has given Flint residents more time to file a claim for a share of a $626-million-dollar legal settlement tied to the Flint water crisis.

This morning, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy extended the deadline for people to file a claim until June 30th. The original deadline had been this Thursday.

More than 50 thousand people applied to be part of the settlement of damage claims against the state of Michigan, the city of Flint and two local businesses.

But as of last week, only about 13 thousand claims had been filed.

In her order, Judge Levy wrote some claimants have experienced delays or difficulties in obtaining certain required documents.

Nearly 80 percent of the settlement funds are earmarked for plaintiffs who were children at the time when Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with lead.