Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Thursday April 24, 2014
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Rising Tide 2012

 

continued

Part of Fisher and Foster's problem, Hupy says, is that "Churchill and Mershon were built in a historic creek valley." And part is that, since 1980, stiffer building codes have required homeowners to construct large "egress windows if the basement is used as a dwelling, but that's the easiest way for water to get in."

According to Hupy, though, the footing drain disconnect program definitely isn't part of the problem. "[If] we had not done it, we would have had multiple sanitary sewer backups in basements on those streets," he says. "We've got data going back twelve years, and there was about 1 percent more water in the [storm sewer] system because of the sump pumps. I defy anyone to tell me what difference that made, and it saved the sanitary sewers from backing up."

According to Hupy, a 1997 study concluded it would cost $97 million to build a storm water "backbone" capable of containing a one-in-ten-year flood. He figures doing that work now would cost $147 million. "And the last storm was a one-in-twenty-five-year possibility," he says. "To maybe stop [that] flooding would cost at least double that."

Even if the taxpayers were willing to pay so much, he adds, "the state would not allow it because that strong a flow would blow the critters and bugs right out of the creek. And all that water would just go downriver to whatever town is next--and they don't want it any more than we do.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News
Ms Green Construction, We are energy saving specialists that make existing homes energy efficient
click for more info on summer camps
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
click to learn more about summer camps for kids