Detroiters growing frustrated with street flooding related to an unrepaired water main break

‘Somebody will get seriously hurt out here’

Detroit citizens are concerned with street flooding caused by a water main break that has not been repaired.

DETROIT – Detroit citizens are concerned with street flooding caused by a water main break that has not been repaired.

William Batchelor has lived on Cruse Street on Detroit’s west side for two years, water has almost completely surrounded his home. He put up a fishing rod as a symbolic protest, “somebody will get seriously hurt out here.”

Batchelor reached out to Local 4 after saying his concerns fell on deaf ears.

“These are my people, I don’t want anyone to get hurt, so I put these cones up myself,” said William, “one day I thought it was raining, then day two just kept getting worse, and [it] started bubbling, look at this street, it’s cracked, it’ll sink.”

Neighbors said that the stretch of road was just re-paved, but now it’s in desperate need of repairs.

William Batchelor expressed his frustrations and told Local 4, “if I don’t pay my taxes they will take my house, so I pay my taxes, and this is what I gotta go through.”

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) said they were first notified on Monday and that an inspector was in the area within hours, that’s how it was determined there was a water main break.

In a statement, DWSD said,

The city is currently hiring more than 50 Field Services Technicians, so if you are interested in applying, visit the city’s job openings site by clicking here.


About the Authors:

Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism

Morgan is a Digital Editor and has been with WDIV since May of this year. She is also studying political science and communications at Wayne State University.