DETROIT – People living in a neighborhood on Detroit’s east side have been dealing with an issue they said needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
“This is a hazard. I’ve seen two cars lose their tires doing this,” resident Denise Lawson said. “Something needs to be done immediately.”
Residents said they’re worried someone could get seriously hurt or that more vehicles will be damaged.
“It’s a big concern. I mean, a kid could fall in there. I could fall in there. Cars messed up. It’s a big concern,” Lawson said.
Residents said they have asked the city to step in but so far nothing has been done. The city said it was first informed about the exposed drain on July 5.
“This is a problem across the city when scrappers are stealing plates for metal. It didn’t blow away in the wind. Somebody picked it up and took it away,” Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Director Gary Brown said.
Shortly after Local 4 inquired about the missing manhole cover, officials said it would be taken care of. Resources have been stretched thin due to ongoing rain and rounds of flooding.
“If you got sewage in a basement that’s a public safety issue and all crews are working on that, so general maintenance things have fallen but we’re gonna get caught up,” Brown said.
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