Detroit Evening Report, July 19, 2022: Great Lakes Water Authority says they’ll deny flood claims

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The Great Lakes Water Authority says it will deny flooding claims stemming from a damaging storm last summer.

The agency says an independent review found the flooding was caused by the amount of rainfall and not a defect in its wastewater collection and pumping system. The GLWA says Michigan law also holds that a public entity can only be held liable for a sewage disposal system event if a system defect caused at least half of the problem and damage.

The June 2021 storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain and flooded hundreds of basements in the city. Paul Doherty, managing attorney for Ven Johnson Law, which filed a class-action lawsuit over the flooding, called today’s announcement “grandstanding.”

Other headlines for July 19, 2022:

  • Gov. Whitmer says she’ll veto funding for programs that steer women away from abortions
  • Officials warn that the dominant variants of COVID-19 are even more transmissible than Omicron
  • Detroit’s Blue Bird Inn to receive grant money for its historical significance to Black history and culture
  • Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform to release recommendation this week

Photo Credit: Russ McNamara, WDET


  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.