Detroiters call 7 Action News for help after being trapped in their own homes by ice

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 13:44:52-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — People who live on Quincy Street on Detroit’s northwest side say the problem started a week ago with heavy rain.

The sewers were clogged and the water created a lake that was up to their sidewalks.

They called the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, but no one came. The water turned into thick ice with new snow on top of it over this weekend.

Eighty-four-year old Edyth Davidson worked to clear the drains herself. She’s lived on Quincy 47 years.

Her neighbor is Shirley Rawls. Shirley would have helped, but she had a heart valve replaced last February. She called channel 7 when the ice and trapped them into their own homes.

A snowplow went down the street and pushed the ice up higher.

We called the Mayor’s Office and even on this Martin Luther King holiday, a street crew got out there in an hour and a half.

They salted the street and used a front loader to pick up the ice and truck it away.