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Former Michigan governor faces charges for the Flint water crisis that killed 12 people

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Democrats in Congress Thursday called on Snyder, once a rising Republican star considered as a potential vice president and now fighting to keep his job, to resign for missing the warning signs of lead contamination in Flints water supply. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Twelve people died and more than 80 were sickened during the Flint water crisis, and now authorities are holding two Michigan officials responsible.

(CNN)Twelve people died and more than 80 were sickened during the Flint water crisis, and now authorities are holding two Michigan officials responsible.

The Flint Water Prosecution Team is scheduled to announce its findings at a news conference Thursday morning after former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Flint Public Works director Howard Croft were each charged Wednesday.

CNN has reached out to an attorney for Snyder and an attorney for Croft for comment on the charges.

Flint has been exposed to extremely high levels of lead since 2014 when city and state officials switched the city's water supply from the Detroit Water System to the contaminated Flint River in an effort to cut costs.

Court documents for Snyder, a Republican, show the offense date as April 25, 2014, the same day Flint switched its water source.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office had no comment about the charges Wednesday evening.

More than a dozen lawsuits, including several class-action suits, were filed against the state, the city of Flint and some state and city employees involved in the decision to switch the source of the drinking water and those responsible for monitoring water quality.

The Legionnaires' outbreak led to criminal charges against state officials, including Nick Lyon, then-director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017.

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