MDOT says 58 percent of roadway water pumps in poor condition
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:54:57 GMT —
After heavy rains flooded streets across the state this week, the Michigan Department of Transportation says the majority of the pumps used to clear away the water are in poor condition.
While major flooding continues to have an impact in Detroit, Mid-Michigan interstates are also at risk.
"It's terrifying, especially because I've got a really little car, if it got flooded it could disappear quickly,â?? said driver Maria Millett.
MDOT Bay Region Engineer Robert Ranck, Jr. says there are 13 pumps in the Saginaw and Flint area.
Ranck says they have several pumps on the list to be replaced but more funding is needed.
"We have some aging infrastructure. A lot of that is hitting on our maintenance budget to maintain them all the time," said Ranck.
The department has a long-term goal to get 90 percent of the pumps in fair or good condition.