Heavy rains hit Dearborn Heights trapping some in their homes

Streets are under water in Dearborn Heights rocked by another round of heavy rain.
The water is rising in cities near the Rouge River - stranding some people in their homes.

Water has been spilling into the streets in Dearborn Heights since 2:30 p.m. Monday thanks to heavy rains.

Residents say they can't take it anymore.

"I try to be strong for my kids, my mom - she's getting older in age," said resident Angie Lee. "It's just so frustrating."

Even when it doesn't rain, neighbors living on Hanover Street say it pours - into their streets.

"It is horrible, it just comes up and it just smells," said Marge Taylor. 

And eventually, into their homes.

"Our basement continues to flood," Lee said. "It's like how many times can I go through this, or put my family through this or children through this.

"I think someone needs to take accountability and fix the problem."

Living a block away from Ecorse Creek, the smelly water flowed into the street Monday afternoon, rising by the hour Monday night.

"It's still spewing," Lee said. "Which is the scary part. It doesn't stop. It stops raining But the water keeps coming."

Residents recall the horrible flood last summer afraid it's going to happen again. 

"Everything was totaled - I had to be evacuated by boat," Taylor said.

Bill Zimmer, the director of the department of public works says the city is aware of what's going on, blocking off the street and is concerned about more rainfall. Zimmer said it is too much rain for the system.

Zimmer says right now, there isn't much the city can do but neighbors say they've been waiting two decades for something to be done.

"Wayne County has been contacted, they've been told to fix the problem 10 years ago," Lee said. "As you can see the problem still exists."

"They discussed it," Taylor said. "They said the best thing to do is these 14 houses along Hanover from the park, buy them out, demolish these houses and turn it into a green space."

Some neighbors are already trapped inside their homes. 

"It's like what do I do," Lee said. "Take the kids to a hotel?"


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