Detroit Evening Report: Wayne State research group receives $50,000 grant to help solve Detroit’s flooding issues

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A Wayne State University research group was awarded a $50,000 grant to analyze basement floods in Detroit.

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The university says the project, called Recovering from Expected Flooding Under Residential Buildings (REFURB), will use technology to improve recovery from and preparation for ongoing flooding in homes in eastside Detroit neighborhoods. The research team will focus on sewer systems that are undersized and poorly maintained.

“Our focus will be in neighborhoods with older homes connected to again sewer systems that are undersized and poorly maintained due to racially-driven development policy and investment decisions,” REFURB principal investigator Richard Smith said.

The grant comes from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of the Civic Innovation Challenge. Researchers will gather data, research what support is needed and develop systems to put in place for Detroiters.

REFURB is looking for people to take part in a task force to learn more about the impacts of the flooding in Detroit.

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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.