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Officials: Detroit needs $2.2 billion to fix stormwater system

The city's water department intends to visit tens of thousands of homes in low-lying areas to address drainage issues as it works on a $2.2 billion proposal to rebuild the city's aging stormwater infrastructure. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Gary Brown said the house-by-house plan, dubbed "Hardening the Basements," will start with 20,000 households that experienced basement backups and flooding in June. The temporary fixes are expected to be rolled out as Duggan's administration works on a $2.2 billion stormwater infrastructure proposal.