LANSING, Mich., Sept. 9, 2020 — Gov. Whitmer signed a supplemental budget yesterday that includes $3 million to prevent flooding along the Detroit River. Temporary dams were installed along the banks of the Detroit River and canal walls on the lower east side this Spring, but more permanent solutions are needed. State Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“Last year we saw the devastation that can be caused by flooding from the Detroit River as many of our neighbors in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood were forced from their homes. As water levels continue to rise, it is more important than ever to be proactive in preventing these disasters from occurring. This crucial funding sets us on a path to save lives and protect our communities, allowing us to create long-term solutions to prevent flooding in our neighborhoods throughout the city. I was proud to advocate for this funding on behalf of Detroiters everywhere, and am grateful that Governor Whitmer made it official.”

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