Thursday, September 29, 2016

Detroit responds to flash flooding. Again

Flooded street in Warrendale
Photo by Frank Nemecek
Southeastern Michigan was once again hit with heavy rainfall that flooded streets, stranded motorists and caused problems throughout the region. Mayor Mike Duggan released a report this evening that broke down how the city government has responded to this crisis.

The information below represents the City’s response as of 5 p.m. Agencies will continue to respond to flooding as long as needed. Residents who would like to report water and sewer emergency issues can call (313) 267-7401 or use the Improve Detroit - SeeClickFix” mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

More than 275 flooded street drains have been fully cleared by City agencies. The Mayor's Office released the following numbers to break down exactly how they have responded.

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
Crews dispatched from West Yard: 5
Crews dispatched from Huber location: 24
          Sewer investigation crews: 3
          General crews: 21
Vactor Trucks dispatched: 8

Detroit Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Partially activated Emergency Operation Center
Coordinating efforts between Police, Fire, Public Works, General Services, Public Lighting and the Department of Transportation

General Services Department
5 crews reassigned to assist with flooding response
4 members per crew
Crews continue to canvass streets to identify and clean street drains

Department of Public Works
18 crews deployed
2 person crews
Crews continue to canvass streets to identify and clean street drains

Detroit Fire Department
Responded to and conducted 9 rescues in response to flooding

Detroit Department of Transportation
Through morning and afternoon hours, DDOT experienced minimal service interruptions. However, routes were behind schedule due to traffic and flooding issues.

For the evening commute, DDOT will have its normal deployment level on the road. They will work to keep delays to a minimum.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Friends of Rouge Park to meet this evening

The next general membership meeting of the Friends of Rouge Park will be this evening from 6 - 7 p.m. They will meet at the Don Bosco Hall (9356 Westwood St.), which is just north of the Warrendale neighborhood at W. Chicago Rd.

The agenda for their meeting this evening is:

  • Report on Mayor Mike Duggan's tour of Rouge Park;
  • Report on the Stone Bridge Nature Trail Project and Dedication Ceremony; and
  • Report on the Praire Pathway.
They will also discuss their upcoming volunteer work day in the park, which will be on October 1.

Anyone who is interested in the future of the largest park in Detroit is welcome to attend this meeting.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Detroit police officer dies after being shot

Sargent Kenneth Steil of the Detroit Police Department passed away this evening as a result of injuries that he received after being shot in the line of duty earlier this week. He served with the Department's 9th Precinct and had been a member of the underwater recovery team.

According to the police, Sgt. Steil and two other men were shot with a sawed-off shotgun by 21-year old Marquise Cromer of Detroit. Cromer reportedly shot two men during two separate incidents this past Tuesday - an attempted carjacking in Hamtramck and another carjacking later in Detroit.

Detroit Police later located Cromer in the vicinity of 7 Mile and Hayes on the city's east side. While attempting to apprehend this suspect, Cromer allegedly shot Sgt. Steil in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun. Officers managed to apprehend Cromer and transport their injured counterpart to St. John Hospital for medical treatment.

Doctors were initially positive about Sgt. Steil's prognosis. Unfortunately, his condition took a turn for this worse today and he succumbed to his injuries this evening.

The friends and family members of Sgt. Steil are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Road rage in Detroit

Road rage comes to an end in Warrendale - Photo by Frank Nemecek
Fair warning, people. If you get into a case of road rage on the streets of the Warrendale neighborhood, the Detroit Police Department will arrest your dumb ass and impound your car.

I know this will happen because one particular road rage came to an end in front of my house this past Saturday evening. The police were quick to respond and, after a thorough investigation by the officers, the offending driver was arrested. His car was also impounded.

In other news, looking at the photo from Saturday, it's also clear that I need to mow my lawn.

But that's another story altogether.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DTE launches residential energy efficiency program

DTE Energy has launched a residential energy efficiency program. It is designed to help many consumers across southeastern Michigan, including those in and around the Warrendale area, use energy more efficiently and save money on their utility bills.

The DTE program includes a FREE home energy consultation, FREE products like LED light bulbs, and insulation. There are also a series of other potential benefits that may be available for certain income qualified customers.

For additional details about this residential energy program, or to schedule an appointment for your free consultation with one of their representatives, please call DTE at (866) 796-0512. Consumers can also log onto If one calls, please be sure to mention "home energy consultation plus."

A free residential energy consultation from DTE: your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

Monday, August 15, 2016

DWSD encourages residents to clear their storm drains

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Detroit area later tonight.They are calling for more than three inches of rain in our area in a fairly short period of time.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department encourages all residents to clear the storm drains near their homes. This will minimize the risk of streets flooding.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Guest commentary: Human trafficking (sex and labor)

Human trafficking - Photo by Imagens Evang√©licas
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age, (22 USC § 7102). Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.

Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, (22 USC § 7102). Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings including, domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.

Traffickers use violence, threats, blackmail, false promises, deception, manipulation, and debt bondage to trap vulnerable individuals in horrific situations.

For more information, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1(888)373-7888.

Today's guest commentary comes to us from Ricardo Moore, who represents the Warrendale and surrounding neighborhoods on the Detroit Police Commission.