VIDEO: Residents Continue to Express Frustrations with Basement Flooding

Grosse Pointe Farms officials update residents about recent flooding with a special informational follow-up meeting, but many people remain upset.

Grosse Pointe Farms residents continued to express their frustrations in the wake of during a special informational meeting on Monday at the .

Some residents asked for more concrete answers and options, some expressed dissatisfaction with DTE, and some said they wanted financial reimbursement from the city.

Farms City Manager Shane L. Reeside said that the . Reeside also said the following steps had been taken:

  • DTE has verified the load and capacity of each power line to the pump station.
  • DTE has conducted survey of primary lines to the pumps and will provide a status update by the end of the week.
  • DTE has installed monitors to record the quality of the power lines.
  • City wants to evaluate the pump station to assess its current condition and what, if any, changes need to be made. The grant application for the S2 grant is due Sept. 30. The city should hear the outcome of the grant awards by November.
  • There is now temporary generator equipment on-site for power to pumps Nos. 7 and 8. The electrical hookup is expected to be complete and operational by Sept. 30.
  • An independent review of the pump station operations has been conducted. Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. tested the switchgear Monday morning, and the pumps were tested on Sept. 23. In the test during Monday’s rain, the pumps worked as they should.
  • An operator at the plant is monitoring the automated system around the clock.

“We want it resolved it,” Reeside said. “We really do.”

Daniel Salden September 27, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Does anyone really believe they are going to find the best result in the most timely fashion? Have you called anyone on city council to press for results? Who is responsible for this mess, and are we still employing them?! Is there any accountability? Why does the council not say one word? Our advocates aren't...
Daniel Salden September 28, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Agree with the latter, but not revealing your name leaves doubt on your objectivity. The performances to date have all the appearance of us v. them. Quite possibly due to the attorneys muzzling all but Mr. Reeside & the flood victim (...or not) Mr. Mayor. However, their very limited & hesitant answers further suggest the same. Additionally, his very limited knowledge of engineering didn't play any better than his only emphatic answer, which was NO, to the inquiry of recompense for any citizen expenditures for backflow prevention. Further, isn't this the person charged with managing ALL the departments of the city? So ultimately, no matter who was sleeping at the wheel, shouldn't he be responsible for those he allows to continue in our employ?? Kindly provide some fact(s) behind your assertion...
Daniel Salden September 28, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Sent an email to the editor, but apparently she's out of town, hope this helps folks & doesn't get me bounced off here! http://www.facebook.com/pages/GPF-Inland-District/173896612689917
Daniel Salden September 28, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Don't disagree on the council, think it's the attorneys muzzling, but maybe that's just their convenient excuse....geez, step up & say something. As far as Mr. Reeside, time will tell. Hope you'll be at the Monday city council mtg.


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