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Detroit gets $8.9M to help prepare for flooding and natural disasters

Several projects planned in Brightmoor, Mount Elliot, McDougall-Hunt neighborhoods

DETROIT – Detroit is getting $8.9 million in federal funding to help the city better prepare for future floods and other natural disasters.

The money announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also will help with planning and implementation of projects in the Brightmoor, Mount Elliot and McDougall-Hunt neighborhoods. The area was hit hard Aug. 11 with torrential rain flooding and power outages.

HUD says the storms resulted in over 10 billion gallons of combined sewer overflow, including 6 billion gallons from Detroit's system.

In Brightmoor, plans call for green streets, public facility improvements and urban agriculture to improve stormwater management. In Mount Elliot, plans call for large-scale solar panel array. And in McDougall-Hunt, other stormwater management work is planned.

Plans also call for demolishing vacant properties in areas affected by flooding.

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