Dearborn Heights residents worry about flooding

Posted at 4:46 PM, Mar 31, 2016

Residents say it takes an inch of rain for Hanover Street in Dearborn Heights to start flooding.

This street is next to Ecorse Creek and 15 homeowners are finally getting some relief. But not in time for Thursday's storm.

City officials told the homeowners Wednesday they've been approved for a $2.8 million grant from FEMA.

But they will have to sell their home to the city.

That process will take time as city council has to approve to the plan and an independent appraiser has to be hired.

With the threat of severe weather on the way, some of the residents wished a solution would've come sooner.

Christine Willis said, "We have a pump but it's not a guarantee it will work. So far I have no water in the basement, we are good that way. It's all outside so far."

"If we get a downpour it will take less than a couple of hours for it to crest. Probably see the streets start flooding as well," Patrick Willis explained.  "Until there is some resolution, it's going to be in the back of our minds, 24/7, every time you guys say the weather is going to be bad."

Once an appraiser is hired, city officials expect to assess the homes in May.