Examining new help for homes in Jefferson-Chalmers hit by flooding

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 19:51:24-04

(WXYZ) — Hundreds of Detroit families were devastated by the catastrophic flooding last summer and now they're getting some much-needed help to repair their homes.

Joining us to talk about it is the CEO of Jefferson-East Incorporated Josh Elling.

You can see the full interview in the video player above.

"The June floods really devastated metropolitan Detroit," Elling says. "Detroit alone had 32,000 damage claims and more than 4,000 were concentrated in the Jefferson-Chalmers and other riverfront communities based upon their topography. The challenge with Jefferson-Chalmers is that all of the stormwater when it falls in parking lots in Macomb County and Oakland County it flows downstream and goes out in the river near Jefferson-Chalmers. The basements back up there first. Couple that with the failure of pump stations, we had families with two, four, even ten feet of water in their basements, destroying their furnaces."