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    Detroit needs $2.2B to fix stormwater system, officials say

    Mackinac Island — The city’s water department intends to visit tens of thousands of homes in low-lying areas to address drainage issues as it works on a $2.2 billion proposal to rebuild the city’s aging stormwater infrastructure. 

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Gary Brown said the house-by-house plan, dubbed “Hardening the Basements,” will start with 20,000 households that experienced basement backups and flooding in June. 

    The temporary fixes are expected to be rolled out as Duggan’s administration works on a $2.2 billion stormwater infrastructure proposal.

    Sections of the city were hit hard by torrential rains in late June as were portions of neighboring communities including Dearborn and Dearborn Heights and some of the Grosse Pointe communities. The rains flooded thousands of basements, neighborhood streets and freeways, resulting in a federal disaster declaration. 

    “The sewage coming up from the drain is a much bigger problem than anyone anticipated,” Duggan told The Detroit News Wednesday during an interview at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

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