North Branch of the Ecorse Creek
Flood Control
North Branch of the Ecorse Creek
Flood Control
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About Ecorse Creek
Drainage District
History
Current Study

History

Flooding along the North Branch of Ecorse Creek (NBEC), which is located entirely within Wayne County, Michigan, has occurred repeatedly over the last 40 years.  In large flood events, it is estimated that the NBEC flooding impacts up to 9,100 properties, including damage to property and sewage backups into homes and businesses.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) performed a Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement in 1988; however, the recommended project was never built because of financial/economic conditions at that time. 

Picture4The NBEC is a County Drain, established in 1926 with improvements dating back to 1863.  Because it is a drain, the City of Dearborn Heights petitioned the Wayne County Drain Commissioner for flood relief after the flooding that occurred in May 2004.  In response to the petition and in accordance with the Michigan Drain Code, a Board of Determination was convened in December 2004 and heard overwhelming testimony from property owners regarding flooding problems.  The Board ordered the Wayne County Drain Commissioner to move forward with a flood control project.  The Drain Commissioner commissioned a flood control study that was completed in 2008.  The final recommendation was a $240 million greenway and improvements project.  The Drain Commissioner continued to pursue opportunities to offset the cost of the project.  In 2009, Wayne County requested that the USACE re-evaluate the 1988 Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement to determine if there is federal interest in implementing a flood control project for NBEC. 
 
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