Interesting Flood Information…

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  (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.

8 thoughts on “Interesting Flood Information…”

  1. Today, September 25th, is the deadline for submitting your Dearborn Heights Flood Claim form. Forms may be delivered to the DPW Yard, 24600 VanBorn or City Hall/ Mayor’s Office, 6045 Fenton, Dearborn Heights.


  2. Troy, So were the claims should be filed? Do you know? And who will pay for the residents for the damages?

    And the most important answer: What is the plan to avoid another back-up if it rain 3 inches? What the mayor is doing to stop the next heavy storm from flooding DH homes?


  3. The study session was a complete JOKE. Politicians giving us old, dated information with little or NO relevancy to the flood. When asked what the cause was by Lisa, there were no answers. There was 3 questions asked, all relating to accountability and not the flood itself. I had to interrupt Wade Trim who was trying to dispel and explain away the increased level at the USGS station in Dearborn Heights. We cannot except stale, dated answers that are intended to divert or avoid the truth. The FLOW is what is really telling along with the level. This is simple. Our homes flooded, we pay the city to prevent that. They did not. We do not need a study session, especially the waste of time last night. I demand answers and the truth.


  4. “From Wayne County website”

    The central mission of the Wayne County Department of Public Services – Environmental Services Group is to create, foster and maintain a clean and safe land and water environment for citizens of Wayne County by providing services for cost effective drainage systems, waste water management and solid waste management.

    Kenneth Kucel, Deputy Director, DPS – Environmental Services Group

    Wayne County is the eighteenth largest county in the nation and the most populous county in the State of Michigan. The County’s land area is approximately 626 square miles, and is home to nearly 1.8 million people, residing in 43 communities. Wayne County’s Department of Environment (DOE) was created in 1994 and, in 2010, was merged with the Department of Public Services (DPS) becoming the Environmental Services Group (ESG). ESG’s mission is continuously achieved by talented administrators and employees, guided by the strategic goals of CEO Robert A. Ficano.

    Throughout this website, you will be able to learn about ESG’s many diverse services and programs. From Western Wayne to Downriver, from Detroit to Asia, ESG’s successes and leadership in improving our environment is a model for communities around Michigan and the World. We are proud to serve you, our customers, with high-quality and cost-effective environmental services, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for visiting.

    There are three divisions within the DPS Environmental Services Group:

    The Land Resource Management Division works to protect the land and water resources of the County through their solid waste and soil erosion programs.
    The Facilities Management Division maintains sewer and drain operations, along with operations at the Downriver Wastewater Treatment Plant (serving thirteen Wayne County communities).
    The Water Quality Management Division is focused on protecting and restoring water resources in Wayne County through a watershed management approach.
    This web site provides information for all ESG Divisions and their established missions, goals, and organizational structure, along with the services that they provide to the many communities of Wayne County. Please visit each division’s web site, and utilize our services to the fullest extent. We look forward to serving you.

    Public Notices
    Ecorse Creek Pollution Abatement Drain (ECPAD) Notice of Drainage Board Meeting –
    September 23, 2014 at the Taylor City Hall, 23555 Goddard Rd. Please click here for more information.

    Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event

    Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event
    Public Act 170 of 1964, as amended by Public Act 222 of 2001, requires that if you are seeking compensation for personal injury or property damage, you must show that the government agency was an appropriate government agency; the sewage disposal system had a defect; the government agency knew, or reasonably should have known, about the defect; that the defect was not remedied by the government agency in a reasonable time; that the property damage or personal injury resulted because of the defect; and reasonable proof of ownership and the value of any damaged personal property.
    You are also required to comply with the notice requirements of the Act. Any claim you make must be made in writing within 45 days after the date the damage or physical injury was discovered. The written notice must contain your name, address, telephone number, the address of the affected property, the date of discovery of any property damages or physical injuries, and a brief description of the claim. Any claim must be submitted to the Wayne County Clerk, the contacting agency and individual within the County of Wayne to whom a claimant must send written notice:
    Cathy M. Garrett
    Clerk of Wayne County
    Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
    2 Woodward Avenue
    2nd Floor, Room 201
    Detroit, MI 48226
    While Wayne County owns and operates the Downriver Sewage Disposal System, Northeast Sewage Disposal System, and Rouge Valley Sewage Disposal System, Wayne County does not own or operate any local collection systems. Thus, your local service provider should be notified of your claim directly. Your direct provider is usually the agency who sends your sewage disposal bills. If you do not know your direct service provider, please contact your municipality.

    Therefore, where the claims should be filed? With the County, the city or both? Few days left before the 45 days expires.


  5. City Council study session, Tuesday, September 23, 2014- flooding update and questions. Time (approximately) 7:15 p.m., 6045 Fenton in City Council Chambers.


  6. Thanks for the concern residents and community activists for their effort to uncover some of the flood related issues that effected their homes and a lot of other DH residents homes.

    The city administrators should be questioned publicly by the council about the flood and what was done and what the plan to avoid future damages. The council should demand answers from the administrators and should be asking for short and strategic plan of actions ASAP.

    Why the council as a body not having a resolution demanding a such plans?



    Please check with your homeowver’s insurance company to see which rooms in your home are insured as “basements” and what contents in them are covered.

    Also ask whether “backup” insurance is available (it’s cheap!) because A DRAIN BACKUP IS NOT A FLOOD.

    After this flood, my insurance company sent me a form letter selling backup insurance (I already have it). They made no effort to educate me about what a “basement” is or what is covered as basement contents.

    They could do a much better job.

    I don’t understand why they don’t.


  8. Additional information from the September 23, 2014 Ecorse Creek Pollution Abatement Drain No 1 Drainage Committee meeting: The Taylor Basin- Phase III, which Dearborn Heights sewage moves through (68% of total sewage for this basin is Dearborn Heights), has been operating at 50% since March/ April of 2014, due to structure damage. The commission acknowledged there was a discharge on August 11, 2014, as the basin was at capacity. The discharge (sewage) was made into the Ecorse Creek. This creates concern for a second issue. The question remains, where did the source of increased volume and flow come from? According to the USGS, on August 12 around 1800 (6:00 p.m.) the levels surged to the maximum level. It is important to ask the questions. The answer will reveal the means to reach a resolution.


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