Detroit to investigate east side pump station failure during flooding

Jerome Powell

Detroit — City officials are investigating the cause of a power failure at a recently upgraded Detroit pumping station during historic weekend flooding that resulted in sewage backups for thousands of homeowners. 

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department told Detroit City Council Tuesday that it intends to bring on an independent engineering firm to evaluate how the Conner Creek pumping station was operating and the conditions that existed when Detroit was hit with more than six inches of rainfall over a five-hour period overnight Friday and into Saturday morning. 

DWSD Director Gary Brown noted a separate investigation of issues involving the lower east side pumping station on Freud Street took place after heavy rains in 2016. 

Since then, Brown added, $30 million has been invested into the station “to rebuild those pumps and those pumps worked as designed.”

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