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Local law firm holds open house for those affected by contaminated water

Posted: 9:05 PM, Apr 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-21 23:05:25-04

The McDivitt Law Firm is holding an informational open house for those affected by contaminated water in the Fountain/Security/Widefield area.

The law firm is representing all families affected by the water in a potential Class-Action lawsuit against the manufacturer of firefighting foam which contains high levels of perfluorinated compounds, also known as PFCs.

"People of Widefield, Security, and Fountain are concerned about being exposed to contamination and we want to make a difference and help them," said attorney Kelly Hyman.

The fire retardant was used by the Air Force and seeped into the ground water supply affecting water for those three communities in 2015. There are a number of manufacturing companies named in the lawsuit, but no mention or intention of going after the Air Force that actually used the toxic foam. 

Studies have been ongoing into the long-term effects of those who have been exposed to the toxins, as researches were recruiting volunteers to study effects earlier in the year. 

"I feel like I’m an individual who’s healthy at this time, active and all that, and what if this product is still in my system and starts to affect me," said Shelly Laborde, a Widefield resident.

Time is running out for those who want to get in on the lawsuit, so the informational open house will continue through the weekend at the McDivitt Law Firm at 19 East Cimarron Street. A judge is expected to decide this summer whether the class-action lawsuit can proceed.