Detroit Evening Report: Jefferson Chalmers to get $11M from FEMA to prevent flooding

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A flooded sidewalk

Flooding in Detroit's Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, July 2019.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood is receiving more than $11 million in federal funding for new sewer mains.

Michigan Advance reports the neighborhood has had repeated flooding since 1950. The new sewers are meant to protect 600 homes from flooding. It’s part of the federal Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, which gives money to reduce natural hazards.

In 2021, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department received nearly 30,000 claims from residents following the summer flooding, totaling $181 million.  

Neighboring Hamtramck is receiving $9 million of federal funding to address basement and street flooding.  

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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.