Come Back In Another Eight Months.

Maybe than we can talk about it..

Eight months after the last flood event in the city and still no answers to what the city is doing. When Mr. Muskat got up at the last city council meeting and asked about what has happened about the flooding issue in the city? He said that he does not want to hear that they do not know. Well that is what they said we do not know anything. To make matters worse not only could he not get an answer as someone who had a flood in his basement. Corporation counsel jumped in to say do not talk about that I advise you not to discuss this issue or something along those line you hear it in one form or another at council meetings. It might have implications to on going litigation blah, blah, blah.

Same old story different day, Mr. Muskat said I am getting ready to repair my basement and would like to know if the city found a fix for the problem because I know it is nothing I did it for sure was caused by someone else. He went on to say that he is not part of any lawsuits he just wanted to know if they found the cause of the flooding and if they fixed it. Not too much to ask as a taxpayer, or so you would think. Eight (8) months later and no one has an answer to anything. For sure it is top on someone list of things to look into (yea right.) Why after eight months are there still no answers and  even if there was the city can talk about it. Well if there are answers to what happened and why how is it that a taxpayer a flood victim can not at least find out if they fixed the problem.  If memory serves me right, didn’t the council approve a study or something along those lines to see why we flood.. I think at one meeting some time ago they did bring it up and the reason it was taking so long was because the study can only happen when it rains. So when the spring and summer rains start maybe than there will be some answers, but will the findings be public will they ever be discussed at a council meeting? Most likely not if there is even a chance that the city is at fault for any of it for sure not. I still think it has something to do with the county I still remember so many people saying it was like someone pulled the stopper from a bathtub and all the water just drained so fast. Or someone pushed a button or pulled a switch or turned something on. That would not happen from the city end I do not think so anyway..

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4 thoughts on “Come Back In Another Eight Months.”

  1. Is there are a system map for the Abatement Drain districts? Ive found information galore on the Jackson st. pumping station, the Taylor retention basins, the north end of the la’blanc drain, even some stuff on the tunnel under monroe street….but nothing covering the Banner street station or associating infrastructure. However I noticed some piping changes must have been done since a fresh white patch of concrete extends from the station out to the street. A new gate control assembly has been installed on the south gate outfall on Banner st at the creek as well.

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  2. From my observation, it appears the sticker shock of any and all of the alternatives offered by the Army Corps has resulted in a stagnant situation. The Corps has done repeated studies over the last 30 or so years, and the only improvements that seem to have occured are surface deep and trivial at best. While im convinced the flooding situation as far as storm water is concerned will probably continue to be a long term persistant problem, im at a loss in understanding why the sanitary system in place is not functioning as per suggested in the documents covering the pollution abatement drain and associating retention measures in and around the city of Taylor. Is it working properly? Recently upgrades were made to the jackson st pump station, as well as the retention basin and associated infrastructure…but issues still persist? What is the status and function of the banner street pumping station? Can it be reconfigured to allieviate some of the problem? As for mysterious draining is concerned, either the retention capacity was suddenly realized some time after the peak flood event, or and more likely the access was probably discharged into the Ecorse Creek… last ditich effort, too little too late, the damage is already done. Ultimatly this seems more like a leagal tightwire act stemming from stiff regulation within discharge permits in the system resulting in a political environment where it is considered better to allow a degree of backflooding in the system, rather then face fines from exceeding DEQ limits on emergency discharges. As deplorable as it may seem, making tweeks in these permits to allow greater flexibility may be the solution to this problem….at least for now.

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  3. I don’t know where Mr. Muskat lives, but if it is on the South end of the City, much has been done at a cost of millions of dollars and the problem is still not solved. The problem is so involved and has had a lot of people trying to solve it, but to no success. It has been “inproved” but by no means solved. The Army Corp of Engineers has investigated the problem, the Engineering firms for the City have investigated and, although they know what the problem is, it would cost so much money (millions) and (space – room for retention basins) that noone (Federal Government/State Government) has been willing to invest in the problem. BIG BIG BIG PROBLEM

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