When it rains hard, some basements, streets, low lying areas, creeks, and rivers flood; and when it rains really hard, raw sewage flows into the Huron River.
June 27, 2013 storm flooding
Over two inches of rain fell in less than an hour, flooding Ann Arbor streets and causing 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the Huron River.
March 15, 2012 storm ("Dexter Tornado") flooding
The Fosters live on Mershon Drive near Delaware Drive in the general vicinity of what's commonly known as the Lansdowne neighborhood. A neighbor a few houses down captured some of the experience from the March 15 storm on video, showing a 64-gallon city trash bin flowing down a water-filled street. Foster said his family's home is visible in the far right corner at the end of the video.
Six roads were barricaded in connection with the storm, Powers said. High-priority roads were chosen for those barricades. There’d been six reports of basements flooding and two property owners had accepted the city’s offer of assistance for catastrophic cleanup. Compared to surrounding communities, Ann Arbor was very fortunate, he said.
May 25, 2011 storm
Flooding from this storm included the roadway flooded nearly a foot deep on Depot Street near Fourth Avenue. (Photo credit: Chris Dzombak).