Detroit Evening Report, July 28, 2022: Detroit breaks ground on $40 million project to prevent catastrophic floods

Rendering of one of two stormwater retention basins that will be constructed in Rouge Park.

Rendering of one of two stormwater retention basins that will be constructed in Rouge Park. DWSD

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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department broke ground Thursday on a $40 million project to redirect rainwater and snowmelt.

The Detroit News reports the project includes replacing 15,000 feet of water mains, 400 lead service lines, and repairing 100 catch basins and manholes.

About 1200 homes west of Rouge Park will be affected. Oakland and Macomb counties are providing about $32 million for the project in exchange for more capacity in the sewer facility.

DWSD Director Gary Brown says the changes will help Detroit deal with effects of climate change and prevent catastrophic floods. The project is expected to be completed by 2027.

Other headlines for July 28, 2022:

  • Detroit building $42 million dollar Left Field residential development at former Tigers Stadium site
  • Detroit City Council approves $69 million of contracts using American Rescue Plan Act funds
  • Ford Cares, PPG, Heart of America volunteers redesign classrooms, create STEAM mural at Hamtramck High School

Photo Credit: Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.