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    Detroit River seawall collapses due to heavy gravel piles


    Authorities are testing for potentially hazardous materials following a seawall collapse Friday at a site near Fort Wayne along the Detroit River. 

    Pressure from a heavy pile of gravel caused a portion of the seawall on the Revere Dock to collapse Friday afternoon, according to a spokesperson from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). The incident comes two years after limestone construction aggregate fell into the Detroit River, sparking calls for tighter regulations and maintenance of seawalls along the river.

    About a 100-foot portion of the seawall collapsed into a boat slip owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, causing soil behind the seawall to fall into the river. There are  contamination concerns with the soil, said Jill Greenberg with EGLE. 

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    The entrance to Detroit Bulk Storage where pressure from a heavy pile of gravel caused a portion of the seawall on the Revere Dock to collapse on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.

    The gravel pile, owned by Detroit Bulk Storage, was relocated over the weekend to relieve some pressure, Greenberg said. Floating barriers called booms were installed to contain the petroleum sheen that developed on the water’s surface and turbidity curtains were put in to deflect the river’s flow from entering the barrier. 

    The incident is ongoing and further details are being uncovered as the investigation continues.

    State Sen. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, said Monday she is “extremely disappointed and frustrated” to learn of Friday’s collapse. 

    Booms float near the mouth of the Detroit River after pressure from a heavy pile of gravel caused a portion of the seawall on the Revere Dock to collapse on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.

    “It is also extremely concerning to know that the material from the collapsed shoreline is still shifting while we are still awaiting answers,” Chang said in a statement to the Free Press Monday. “My residents deserve to have clear answers as soon as possible about any contamination or hazards to their health, and we need to take all possible steps at the city, state and federal (levels) to ensure this kind of collapse does not happen again in the future.”

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