The Cost Of Fixing The Flooding Problem Are We Ready For The Price Tag..

Identifying the flooding problem in Dearborn Heights is only the first part of the problem Are we as residents of Dearborn Heights ready to pay for the solution?

Found this today on Facebook.

Dearborn Residents: pay attention and share!

At the Mayor’s request, the Dearborn City Council has approved over $16 million in new addition spending to work on the failed sewer systems. The “CSO Project” has been an unmitigated disaster. The project has now cost Dearborn taxpayers over $300,000,000. This burden will be born by the taxpayers for over 30 years to come (over half a billion dollars with interest). The Dearborn City Council meeting minutes below include some details on these numbers.

The City raised property taxes again this year and raised the cost of parking tickets and is even now reallocating millions of dollars from the police department budget to pay for these failures.

As a result, Dearborn now has less than 175 full time officers on duty, 30 less than the charter mandate (205).

The sad reality is that the failure of the sewer systems have cost individual home and business owners an additional amount exceeding $300,000,000 in lost property and inventory. This number is likely to grow exponentially as the effects of toxic mold take a toll on the health and property of over 25,000 Dearborn residents, employees and business owners.

Such an epic failure must be accounted for. We must work together to bring residents the information they deserve and demand accountability.…/2522-oct-7-2014-regular-mee…

I understand the cost of fixing the problem here in Dearborn Heights is just as costly if not more. It’s not just for our City to my understanding this would include other City’s around us to pick up their portion of the “fix.” Are they willing or able to do that? Each city would have to take this to the voters for approval “tax increases” how many city’s around us would be willing to vote on increasing their taxes?  I can’t think of one project the city of Dearborn Heights that’s been done without  “overages.”

I’m hoping that what Grandma Suzane is doing with her investigation into where the water is coming from and going to might help. Let’s face it…If we don’t find out the REAL answers there’s no point spending money on it. In-order to get those answers someone from the City should sit down with Grandma Suzane go over what she’s uncovered and take it from there. Roll up your Pants put on your boots and start walking around these areas for yourselves. (Mr. Mayor) that means you. You represent us you are in charge get up and get out there and look for yourself. One commenter wrote on here that there is a big tree branch blocking some drain.  They’ve called the county and the county still hasn’t removed the branch. Have you Mr. Mayor called anyone? When’s the last time you went and looked at any of these places being discussed here on the blog. While you may not read the blog there are those that work in the City that do. For those of you that do please tell our Mayor what has been uncovered please start making some phone calls. I think 50 years is enough.

#flood2014 #flooddrbnhgts #flood #50isenough


8 thoughts on “The Cost Of Fixing The Flooding Problem Are We Ready For The Price Tag..”

  1. Why anyone whana live next to a drain that used during emergencies to dump sewage in it? The smell; the flood, the cleaninig; the loss; and everything else that must be dealt with! What so good about living next to a drain?


  2. Kathy:
    In a simple response to your statement / question:
    “Just a quick thought wouldn’t the federal government now that they’ve declared this a disaster want to find out some answers?”
    NO – THE FED’S ARE NOT STAKE HOLDERS IN this at all. To them this is a State / Local Issue.

    FEMA does have a program where by the STATE can file for the Hazard Mitigation Program ( From what I have read it is a program where the City would file a petition to the county and then the county would file a petition to the State. FEMA set’s aside 15% of the total payout of the “Declared Disaster”. The problem with this would be the numbers, effort vs the payout. Not to mention it is a drop in the bucket compared to what really needs to be spent.

    So the Feds gave the state a 83 million dollar payout for the tri-county area (note MOST of this went to the county and then to the municipalities AND NOT TO HOME OWNERS). That means that FEMA would give the state @12.5 million for all 3 counties. After the EXE’s take get their take for ADMIN FEES (just guessing) that leaves about 3 Million per county. Not much compared to what needs to happen.

    In review – it is and always has been a County and Municipal issue = period. And the biggest problem with the Spicer Report / Study and fix (from the County and City perspective) is that DRAINS that are properly sized and functional, do not pay taxes nor do they pay water bill’s!


  3. I understand they aren’t the same problem, but each problem carries a price tag that residents will pay for. Right now we don’t have a seat at the table. Maybe I should say there isn’t a table because no one wants to talk about this let alone fix the problem. I agree with all that you’ve said and hope that maybe this time the residents will be pissed enough to fight for a permanent solution. Just a quick thought wouldn’t the federal government now that they’ve declared this a disaster want to find out some answers? #50isenough


  4. First of all the overall problem has been created by the county and is no doubt still a county issue. Local municipalities have tried to take this county to task on this issue only to be intimidated and for some reason, derailed after reaching a certain point of success (IE the lawsuit that was won by the city of Dearborn Heights in 2010, yet nothing was done with it). The county allowed development of subs, parking lots, roads, and now RTB and SSO discharges to the North Branch of the Ecorse Creek Drain with no restraint or oversight from the communities that are and were impacted by these very poor and politically motivated decisions. Even though this drain has been WAY undersized for MANY years. This issue even has a prominent judge involved, in days gone by, who created laws instead of upholding and enforcing laws (sounds like modern day Wayne County).
    Equating the NBECD to that of Dearborn’s Rouge River/ sewage basin issue (which received 100’s of millions of Federal Dollars for those projects, is to look past the real issue with the NBECD. The NBECD is not a CSO.

    2nd Money cannot be an issue for the county since we just applied for 180 Million Dollar loan from the SRF for the DSDS for 20 years! Yes your taxes are going up in DH and half of the city does not even use the DSDS. Note this is the same Sewage system that can discharge raw sewage illegally into this creek / Drain and does not have to pay any fines, just report it to the state within 24 hours.

    Finally, like it or not, this is a political issue at it’s core. As long as we the people have no recourse or ability to have the people making these decisions account for the decisions that have got us here and the decisions that continue to make this situation worse, the flooding in South Dearborn Heights will continue to get worse. Note there is no “Drain Commissioner” in Wayne County, he or she is appointed and even the elected commissioners cannot get strait answers since the so called “Acting Drain Commissioner reports directly to the County Executive. All they have to do is force the issue to a Freedom of Information Act procedure thus delaying knowledge and citizen’s potential actions. As Grandma Suzanne has discovered the politics don’t stop at the county since she has also ran into political stone walls when trying to get factual information from the state DEQ.
    Lawyers know that this is a huge fight since Wayne County is large and vast and is in finical dire straits already. (There are bigger issues in Wayne County is what they will say). Furthermore the political climate, rather you are a mayor, a judge, a lawyer, an elected official or a newspaper reporter, dictates that pressing this issue is off limits. Note this taxpayer is not letting these people off the hook that easy, these are just my observations. They still need to account for actions or in-actions.

    In closing I honestly believe this issue will perpetuate until a life or lives are lost as a direct result of the MASSIVE flow and volume of water on the North Branch of the Ecorse Creek Drain, like the one that was recorded on August 11th. The flow will return someday, since I would assume that development is part of the economic plan for communities and the county. Sadly I am sure that there will be plenty of lawyers and plenty of money for lawsuits when this happens.

    The only way to mitigate the danger to life and families is fully implement phase 1 of the Greenway plan that was delivered to the county and the city in 2008 Spicer Study. Anything less is to knowing leave people in harm’s way.

    Go to the North Branch of the Ecorse Creek Wesite and review the 22 sheets under task 7 of the 2008 report and review this for yourself.


  5. Wile waiting for the ultimate flooding solutions, small but effective and corrective actions may reduce the damages and minimize the losses. There are many steps DH government can take to enforce the drain codes and obligate the responsable parties to do what they suppose to; such as cleanning and clearing the NBEC and repairing the damaged retention shaft the collect over 60% of DH discharges.

    DH is self insured, and paying for flood damages is very costly to DH taxpayers and may require increase in water rate.

    The 1000 miles march start with one small step!


  6. Information for the flooded residents:

    When you click, its on the bottom of the page.

    “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


  7. I’m at a loss as to choosing a “qualified” person to sit down with Suzanne. And if they did raise my taxes to pay for this, who’s to say that money will go towards this? Not feelin’ a lot of faith in this administration.


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