This photo shows the Gloede Drain at 22 Mile Road, east of Hayes Road in Macomb Township, the morning of June 27. Approximately 24 hours earlier, the area had significantly more standing water.

This photo shows the Gloede Drain at 22 Mile Road, east of Hayes Road in Macomb Township, the morning of June 27. Approximately 24 hours earlier, the area had significantly more standing water.

Photo provided by Macomb County Public Works Office


Macomb County officials pleased with draining after heavy rain

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published July 13, 2021

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MACOMB COUNTY — Parts of Macomb County were able to avoid flooding from storms the last week of June.

A June 28 press release from the Macomb County Public Works Office indicates that actions taken by public works employees at the height of the rainstorms prevented basement flooding in the county from becoming much more widespread.

After detailing work in the St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe area, where nearly four inches of rain fell from the morning of June 25 to before dawn June 26, the release states that farther north in the county, the water level was high in many open drains, going across some roads and creeping close to yards of homes built close to drain easements.

“Thanks to extensive drain maintenance during the last four years by Macomb County Public Works Office crews working in many open channels to remove logjams and other debris, and who removed lots of sedimentation blockage from many underground storm sewers in cities all across Macomb County, the drains performed well over the weekend. Water levels receded significantly in less than 24 hours,” the release states.

“That’s visual proof that the drains did their job,” Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said. “Some of these drains, including creeks, streams and branches of the Clinton River, hadn’t undergone any drain maintenance for decades. The work of our crews in recent years also prevented crops from being completely underwater in farmers’ fields in the northern part of the county, which would have meant economic devastation for many farmers.”

Two pictures posted on the county website show the Gloede Drain at 22 Mile Road, east of Hayes Road in Macomb Township. One is after the rain stopped the morning of June 26, the other being the same drain approximately 24 hours later.

“The immediate impact of heavy rain like last weekend, and the cleanup that follows, are stark reminders that infrastructure below ground and out of sight cannot be out of mind throughout the region in order to better handle such rare rain events in the future,” the release states.

Miller’s office is working with leaders at the state, local and federal levels in order to obtain funding for infrastructure improvements and reduce the cost of such improvements to ratepayers in the affected drainage districts.

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