Nothing Can Stand On A Bad Foundation…

The other day I’m talking with someone who said  “Kathy how many times do you think these homes can keep flooding before the foundation is compromised?” Now I know that one council member lost their home this past August from the flood waters. Yep, the foundation collapsed, whole house gone. I have no idea how many times this house has flooded over the years, but talking with this man got me to thinking. How many times can a home flood before the foundation of these homes might be compromised? Some of these homes flood every time there’s a large rain event. Some homes flood all the time, but at what point does the City have to say enough and do something about it. I was told by someone about 5 years ago that they heard of homes on the South End of Dearborn Heights that are shifting ever so slightly every year because of the flooding. Is this true? I don’t know. When has the City ever done a study on the foundation of the homes in the South End of town? Has the City ever even taken an interest the structural damage that these homes might have? I hope the people affected every year by flood waters will take action and keep up the pressure on the administration of Dearborn Heights City.   This year the City has to  take action on the subject of flooding in our City.


1 thought on “Nothing Can Stand On A Bad Foundation…”

  1. Several years ago my mother-in-law had to have some foundation work done that needed to be approved by a Dearborn Heights city inspection. My husband and I got to talking with the inspector who told us the following:

    The city had to condemn at least two houses in the south end (near the Southfield Freeway) because the foundations had sank/crumbled so much the houses were declared unsafe. The reason given by the inspector, the Detroit Salt Mine had begun blasting after many decades of being closed.

    The Detroit Salt mine according to a decades old map shows the tunneling to have stopped just short of the Southfield Freeway. Since the map is old and the mine has resumed its operations for several years now it doesn’t leave much to the imagination that this mine is now under the Dearborn Heights neighborhood between Southfield and Pelham.

    That being said, you add the above to the houses along the creek (in the above Dearborn Heights neighborhood) whose foundations were damaged by creek flooding over the past 50 years and we now have a two-fold foundation problem for these homes.

    Aside from condemning houses with sinking and crumbling foundations, I doubt the city has done anything about the foundations of homes along the creek which are also affected by the salt mine blasting.

    I have always looked forward to spring but in 2015 it will be with a wary eye to sky as April showers may bring May flowers but here in south Dearborn Heights our reality is that April showers will bring flooded homes, basements and streets.


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