This is an email I received from Suzanne Todd I didn’t open my email until today so the first part of the email is no longer relevant because the meeting started at 9am today. At any rate Suzanne has discovered some interesting things that concern Flooding in the City of Dearborn Heights.
Second, per Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton there will be two study sessions before the council meeting. One is a closed session discussion regarding lawsuits and the other is an update on issues surrounding the flood on August 11th.
Third, after research I have learned that there is a stream called the Douglas and Kelly that drains I-94, parts of Romulus and Taylor and there are about 9 industries that have permits to run their storm water into this drain It is both an open and closed drain that runs a little over two miles. This drain affects us because it terminates at Van Born and Harold Street (between Beech Daly and Inkster roads) near where the North Branch of the Ecorse Creek begins its journey through south Dearborn Heights.
Also there is a United States Geological Survey station that is situated downstream from the above confluence, located at Gully Rd. This station monitors the amount of water running through it. On August 11th, the chart showed that the water flow went from a .05 cubic feet per second to 500.00 cubic feet per second. It also showed that that the height of the water went from 2.2 feet to 10.5. The interesting part of this is that this was an instant vertical climb on both charts indicating that for some reason there was a rush of water sent into the Ecorse River. Since we have ruled out the airport as the culprit I think the drain of interest is now the Douglas and Kelly drain.
Fourth, at this site http://www.waynecounty.com/doe/index.htm (at the bottom of this page under public notices) is the official notice from Wayne County that states a written claim must be submitted no later than 45 days after the event. There was some disagreement on this matter between the mayor and people in the audience. I truly hope those people filing claims attended the two meetings put on by the Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association so they received the correct information; which by the way was the correct info as argued by people in the audience at the last council meeting.