(CNN) – The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has a new project underway to prevent basement flooding.
The ministry has today laid the ground for two new detention basins in Rouge Park.
READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Judge Mathis Holds Court
The $40 million project will channel rain and slush into the basins to keep it out of the sewer system.
“After three years of community involvement with the Far West Civic Association, the Friends of Rouge Park and other stakeholders, today we begin construction on our largest stormwater project to date,” said Gary Brown, director of DWSD. “The stormwater improvement project in Far West Detroit is unique to our other 16 green stormwater infrastructure projects in that it diverts stormwater from an entire neighborhood into new catchment basins in a city park and keeps it out of the sewer by discharging into the Rouge River. It is transformative projects like this that will lead to a more climate-proof sewerage system.”
READ MORE: Elliott-Larsen Act Extended for LGBTQ Protection
The water then goes directly to the Rouge River, with the aim of preventing basement nuisance in homes in the area.
Water pipes and lead service pipes near the basins will also be improved.
MORE NEWS: ‘Just want him to come home’: Family searches for missing Detroit hairdresser last seen over a week ago
© 2022 TBEN Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.