DETROIT (WJBK) - A major clean-up was underway on Cameron Street in Detroit Monday.
Debris that was illegally dumped, blocking the street being was removed by the city, while standing water and mud was sucked up and removed. The effort by the city of Detroit happened after it responded quickly to FOX 2's request for help after the Tyynismaa family called.
"This is what you pay (taxes) for," said Allan Tyynismaa. "My mom's the first one to pay her taxes - and not a day late or a dollar short."
Allan Tyynismaa's family just lost his father on Friday. He was 77 years old and he and his wife, Margie, had lived there for 60 years. But friends and family couldn't stop by and pay their respects with the muddy, smelly, standing water on the street.
"If we get a bad rain tonight, every time it rains it gets bigger," he said. "The bugs are horrible. You don't want them stepping in this."
The muck and mud has been there since March and every time it rains, the water rise and the homes flood
That is not the only issue this family is facing. Early Friday morning when the senior Tyynismaa was having a heart attack, paramedics took close to 14 minutes to get here - far longer than their average time of eight minutes.
The city is now investigating why, but Allan says their fastest route was blocked by all the debris dumped on their street - and EMS had to go around another way to get to his dad.
"I knew he was going to try to come in down there," Allan said. "The street's blocked off down there - so I’m not blaming the EMS, I tried to tell him you got to come in from this way.’I know where I'm going - I know where I'm going.' I said you can't get in from there."
FOX 2 alerted the city to the problems and within hours they were clearing the street - the head of Detroit Water and Sewerage, Gary Brown, even was at the scene.
The Tyynismaa family grateful for the city's response as they prepare to lay their loved one to rest...
"Thank you so much," Allan said.