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Governor declares state of emergency in Wayne County due to flooding

Thousands of homes across county damaged, flooded due to heavy rainfall

Posted By The Huron Hub on May 2, 2019 — 10:00 p.m. EST
Updated May 2 — 10:30 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County.

Here is the press release issued Thursday evening:

Evans declares state of emergency

DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans declared a state of emergency at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, following widespread flooding and damage to approximately 3,000 homes in the County. The declaration also called on the Governor to do the same, so that state and federal resources may be made available to our local communities and citizens.

“Heavy rains this week on top of an already wet April have caused flooding and extensive damage in several Wayne County communities,” Evans said. “With thousands of homes flooded or damaged, we don’t have the resources locally to deal with this amount of damage and thousands of our residents are going to need help.”

According to the National Weather Service approximately 3.65 inches of rain fell in seven hours from 12:53 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 until 3:53 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Some of the hardest hit areas include: Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, the Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Romulus and Taylor. According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, 5.82 inches of precipitation fell at Detroit Metro Airport in April.

“There was just too much rain, in too short of time given already elevated water levels in many bodies of water, like the Ecorse Creek,” Evans said. “Since the rainfall we’ve been working with our local partners to assess the flooding and damage, which is likely to increase, particularly if there’s more precipitation.”

Per the Declaration, Wayne County’s Director of Homeland Security Tadarial Sturdivant will coordinate with local, state and federal authorities for assistance related to this emergency. The declaration is effective until further notice. The County also declared an emergency for flooding at 2 p.m. on August 12, 2014, after historic rainfall on August 11 of that year.


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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe files applications to acquire land in Huron Township(UPDATED)

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor Twitter: @ScottMBolt

An indian tribe based out of Sault Ste. Marie filed applications Tuesday with the U.S. Department of the Interior with hopes to acquire land in Huron Township and Lansing.

According to a statement, The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa hopes to turn the land near I-275 and Sibley Roads into a gaming location.

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said that the 71-acre Huron Township land is a “perfect casino location.”

“The land already includes a large, unfinished building that could easily be converted to gaming use and tribal offices,” Payment said.

The scope of the gaming project in Huron Township will be determined by an economic impact study currently underway, according to Payment.

The Michigan Land Claims Settlement Act, which was passed by Congress in 1997, requires that the U.S. Secretary of the Interior approve trust land applications.

The act states that “any lands acquired using amounts from interest or other income of the self-sufficiency funds shall be held in trust by the Secretary for the benefit of the Tribe.”

The Sault Tribe plans to use revenues from its “self-sufficiency fund,” to purchase the lands.

“The law is clear: the secretary is required to accept these parcels in trust,” said Payment.

“Our Tribe is within federal law and our legal rights to pursue these opportunities to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenues that will benefit our members, the people of Lansing, public school students in Lansing, the people of Huron Township, and the entire state.”

A separate, 125,000 square foot site in Lansing would be the location of a new $245 million gaming resort. That site includes land near Michigan Avenue and North Cedar Street, adjacent to the Lansing Center – the city’s convention and events facility.

The Lansing center should create 1,500 permanent jobs and 700 constriction jobs.

The tribe did not state any specific job information for the Huron Township site.

While legal challenges have been somewhat of a nuisance to the projects, recent court developments have cleared the way for the tribe to file the necessary applications.