The Multi-Million Dollar Red Run Riddle
What happens when the Red Run Drain is “really” FULL ?
About to run over its’ earthen banks from
Dequindre to Hayes in Warren, Michigan, USA ?
When the Red Run flows almost at STREET LEVEL ;
it also surcharges, fills, backs up, all of the
neighborhood storm water drains that feed into it.
This causes residents basements to flood.
Large amounts of money – literally 100’s of millions of dollars
$$$ have been spent attempting to get storm water to drain
out of Oakland County into the Red Run Drain flowing thru Warren.
Now the Interceptor project will cost really big money across the region
along with Warren wanting $55 million in bonds for sewage infrastructure.
It won’t fix the repeated HIGH WATER issue in the Red Run Drain
which directly affects residents by backing up the storm drains
in local neighborhoods along Ryan Road.
On May 25, 2011 the George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Basin
discharged approximately 1.6 BILLION (with a b) gallons of water
into the Red Run Drain; nearly filling it to the point of touching
the bottom of the Ryan Road Red Run Bridge – near 620 ft of elevation.
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Almost ALL of NorthWest Warren is near 620 ft of elevation.
It varies only a few feet up/down from Dequindre,Ryan,Mound,Van Dyke,Hoover, etc.
Even on diagrams used by City of Warren Engineering staff
the old flood plain elevation near 620 feet shows up
The storm drain pipes are buried beneath the subdivision roads
at elevations less than 620 ft, easily becoming surcharged,
via the Red Run Drain.
Let’s not forget the wonderful clay that exists beneath Warren
further impacting the drainage of rain from the sky
That is 126 ft across the Red Run Drain at the 620 ft elevation mark
easily submerging ANY storm drain pipe attempting to empty into it.
So any storm drain from a local neighborhood street in the area
is basically surcharged, backed up, filled to capacity,
at approximately the 620 foot elevation – from the Red Run Drain flow.
The drainage pipes for the subdivision are extremely low
in elevation and the manhole cover access quickly gets
submerged as well, as the water levels hit 620 ft in elevation
The massive amount of raging water nearly touching the bottom of
the Red Run Bridge at Ryan Road in Warren is NOT an isolated incident.
It has occurred numerous times over the past 40 years and the
USGS gauges downstream have it all historically recorded.
An Example of the USGS Historical Data that all of SEMCOG has available
An Example of the OverFlow Historical Data that all of SEMCOG has available
How many millions of dollars will it take to stop flooding
basements of residents when it rains really hard in Warren, Michigan ?
Perhaps dredging the Red Run Drain about 20 feet deeper
all the way from Dequindre to Mound needs to happen,
in order to increase capacity within the drain.
I remember them doing it once before, when I was a very young child.
This just cost everyone money – insurance claims – higher rates – etc., etc.