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 A pump similar to this is planned to be installed on the property of Lakeshore Senior Living on Jefferson Avenue south of Lanse Street to alleviate flooding over the road.

A pump similar to this is planned to be installed on the property of Lakeshore Senior Living on Jefferson Avenue south of Lanse Street to alleviate flooding over the road.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Pump to alleviate water over Jefferson planned for construction

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 21, 2020

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city will soon be going out to bid on a pump to keep lake water off of Jefferson Avenue.

“It appears it’s going to be a tough year for high water,” Mayor Kip Walby said at the Feb. 18 City Council meeting.

He explained a few days later that there are already more than 40 such pumps in St. Clair Shores, installed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1990s.

“It will assist with the water. Draining, pulling it back up and pumping it back into the lake,” he said. “Years ago it should have been done when the Army Corps was here in the late ‘90s. Army Corps put in more than 40 pumps in the community. That’s why we don’t flood nearly as much as we did in the ‘80s.”

The pump will be installed on the north side of the Lakeshore Senior Living property, 28801 Jefferson Avenue, just south of Lanse Street, to do the work that a temporary pump situated nearby in the east lane of Jefferson Avenue has been trying to do since high water began flooding the road in 2019.

Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes said that the city doesn’t have a cost estimate yet, just that, “it’s going to be expensive.”

“We’re finishing the design docs to go out to bid ... (which) should be in the next couple weeks,” he said. “It’ll actually prevent the lake levels from coming up over the roadway because we’ll block it off and bypass pump it.”

While the pumps will be completely underground, there will be a control cabinet and then a metal panel that covers the pump in the ground, which will be located in the greenbelt on the north side of Lakeshore Senior Living.

Rayes said that it will be similar to a pump that is installed on the property of Redeemer Lutheran Church, on the corner of Lincoln Street and Jefferson Avenue, but the concrete box that surrounds the metal panel at that location will not exist.

“All you’ll see are those metal doors and the rest will be covered in grass,” he said. “We’ll also put some landscaping in as part of our agreement with Lakeshore to place it on their property.”

Rayes told City Council that they wouldn’t be able to have the pump working until closer to fall. He said it would take 4-5 months to completely construct once the design is finished and a contractor selected through the bid process.

He said the city was also investigating the possibility of installing pumps at Maple Street and Jefferson Avenue, and potentially, at Masonic Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, but the pump just south of Lanse Street is “the one that’s designed and close to ready to go.”

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