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About 65 percent of potential residential victims have filed water crisis claim

With eight days left to file a claim in the $151 million water crisis settlement, about 65 percent of the potential residential victims have filed a claim. (WCHS/WVAH)

With eight days left to file a claim in the $151 million water crisis settlement, about 65 percent of the potential residential victims have filed a claim.

The January 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill contaminated drinking water in parts of nine West Virginia counties when it got in the West Virginia American Water Co.’s Charleston treatment plant.

The chemical maker, Eastman, and the water company have settled a class-action civil suit for $151 million. With the filing deadline closing in, 66,786 residential water users have filed a claim.

Kevin Thompson, class counsel, said some of the 3,858 businesses that have filed a simple claim may be missing out on what the chemical spill really cost them. The range of businesses affected was more than just restaurants and motels.

So far, the total of all claims is 72,074. Any unclaimed money will go back to the water company.

Claim forms are available here.

The claims administrator expects the first checks to go out about 90 days after the filing deadline or sometime in May.



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