DEARBORN HEIGHTS (WWJ) – Who is to blame for the flooding?
The mayor of Dearborn Heights says after hearing residents of his city on WWJ, he wanted to set the record straight.
Mayor Dan Paletko says water from the entire region is ending up in Dearborn Heights — and he sued the county over it. The solution won’t come cheap — $165 million needs to be spent to fix the problem.
“Everyone has got to contribute because this water that’s in Dearborn Heights didn’t all come from Dearborn Heights — it’s flowing in from surrounding communities. But we are a low point in the Ecorse Creek system and the Rouge system and we end of being a depository — a retention basin if you will,” Paletko said.
The mayor said a study found the flooding fix in the Ecorse Creek area would carry a steep price tag.
“And it’s about 165 million dollar price tag — and that’s what people are choking about — but Dearborn Heights is the biggest beneficiary of it – but we also happened to be … we end up serving like a bath tub for all the surrounding areas – it’s both in the north end and the south end and it’s just not fair to our residents,” Palentko said.
Mayor Paletko adds he wants the problem fixed because he’s had flooding in his home.
The Mayor says he will meet with the flooded out residents to explain the solution to the problem.
Source: CBS Detroit
I’m sorry did I miss something in the past 3 years did the Mayor have a town hall meeting with us that I didn’t know about. It could have happened the City doesn’t have any way to let us know about such a meeting besides its website. Did any of you attend a meeting that the Mayor explained the flooding in Dearborn Heights. 3 years later another flood the same fix for the problem and the same price tag. 3 years later and nothings been done if you Mr. Mayor have been doing something “behind the scenes” on this subject let us know. Please don’t spend any more of our tax dollars doing another study that’s gong to give you the same answers as before. Answers that you don’t share with the public,solutions that you aren’t going to use. Residents when and if the time ever comes that this administration or some other administration ask for a new Tax to pay for the solution are you going to pay? Thank you Teckee for posting the link to this story in the comment section. #flood2014drbnhgts