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Volunteers load bottled water in a truck at the the Sylvester Broome Center in Flint, Mich., February 22, 2016. The center is being used for water distribution and health care services. The water supply was not properly treated after being switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River and now contains lead and iron.IN CRISIS: Lead contamination of the Flint, Michigan, water supply required residents to resort to bottled water. Here, volunteers last month loaded a truck at the Sylvester Broome Center in Flint. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP)

A flood of lawsuits has been filed this month over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but the unprecedented situation that exposed thousands of children to lead contamination has plaintiffs lawyers scrambling to figure out who — if anyone — will pay.

As a U.S. House committee held hearings this month over the problems in Flint, more than 30 cases hit the courts, boosting the total to about 40 lawsuits. The claims are all over the map. Some have been filed under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, while others assert gross negligence or constitutional claims. Some are class actions, some individual cases. And a lengthy list of government officials named as defendants, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who testified on Capitol Hill on March 17, has expanded to include three engineering firms that studied Flint’s water.

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