Class-action lawsuit filed against Detroit water dept for infrastructure flood failure

I-94 is closed to repairs on the east side after last weekend’s flooding, and MDOT says the repairs will take at least a week.

The epicenter of flood damage on I-94 is in and around Warren Avenue in Detroit. The east side is off-limits from I-96 to Michigan Avenue in East Dearborn.

Attorney Ven Johnson files class action lawsuit against the Detroit Water Authority for flooding

Johnson said that following the massive flooding problems and damage of 2014, infrastructure should have since been improved and better prepared for that recent torrential downpour.

Attorney Ven Johnson filed a class action lawsuit representing hundreds, if not thousands, of people who suffered property damage in the floods.

“It’s dangerous, very dangerous out there, and on top of that, people’s homes are flooded, it’s been a bad, bad week,” said Ali Nassar, who owns the Warren and Livernois Mini Mart.

Properties soaked in sewers line the streets of many cities, parts of I-94 are still damaged and closed, and thousands still have no electricity. Attorney Ven Johnson blames the government.

“People need to understand this – our governments are set up to protect us,” said Johnson. “That’s their job, that’s what we pay them for.

And now Johnson is filing a class action lawsuit against the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for tens of thousands of dollars in damages and irreplaceable losses for the victims of the flood.

“Once again we have another infrastructure failure from our government,” he said.

Over seven centimeters of rain fell last weekend. Authorities say a combination of power outages and the oversaturation of the rivers and streams used for drainage caused the flooding.

Johnson said that following the massive flooding problems and damage of 2014, infrastructure should have since been improved and better prepared for that recent torrential downpour.

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“The answer is they need to know it happens,” said Johnson. “It has been happening for years.”

According to MDOT, the cause of these floods was a combination of rain and a power outage at the pumping stations. These have no replacement generators, but when they finally got new electricity, the streams and brooks were already filled with water and couldn’t take any excess.

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