$2.2M project to address Ann Arbor neighborhood’s flooding problems

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ellen Fisher still vividly remembers the night a major storm left her basement flooded five years ago. As she describes it, her house in the Churchill Downs neighborhood in southwest Ann Arbor essentially became an island surrounded by a lake, with water coming up about five to six inches all around it. “There was literally not an inch of ground anywhere around my house,” she said. “Storm drain covers near us were blown off, geysers shot five feet into the air, and the street became a rapidly flowing river. Water flooded into our basement through our city-required egress windows and our mandated sump pump.”


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