It isn’t bad enough that our air, water, food and medicine have all been poisoned? Now, “we the people” (the 99.9%) must contend with a century old infrastructure that is failing right beneath our homes, cars and feet.
Meanwhile, the one-tenth of one percent continue to live high on the hog, and at our expense:
Massive Sinkhole in Michigan Displaces 24 Families, Has Ties to Corruption
DECEMBER 28, 2016 | LILY DANE | THE DAILY SHEEPLE
At least 24 families in Michigan got something they most certainly did not want for Christmas this year: a massive sinkhole in their neighborhood.
From Detroit Free Press:
Sue Albu and her husband awoke to sounds of popping at about 4 a.m. on Christmas Eve. They could tell something was off.
Two hours later, she had trouble opening the doors in her Eberlein Drive home — the frame of the house had begun to shift. Albu called the police. Her home was sinking into the ground.
“We were out,” Albu, a business analyst, told the Free Press Saturday evening. “I mean, it was just trying to grab what we could to salvage it.”
At least two dozen homes have been evacuated, and so far, three houses are at risk of being condemned. Residents reported feeling their foundations move and hearing banging and cracking in their walls.
Sue Albu said she doesn’t think she will return to her home:
“The house was still cracking and you felt the walls shifting while you were still in the house,” she said. “I doubt we will be going back home. Our house has sunk.”
It is believed that the 100-foot-wide, 250-foot-long sinkhole was caused by a leaky sewer line between Utica and Hayes, and it is raising questions about the maintenance of the infrastructure in the area. Twelve years ago, a smaller collapse led to a $50 million fix that took 10 months to complete.
On Christmas Day, things got worse: the city posted a warning on its website that Macomb County Public Works found a “possibility of sewage backups” in basements from the break on Garfield to 18 Mile and told homeowners to “remove items from the basement floor and monitor the situation”, reports The Detroit News.
Police have closed 15 Mile Road, and the city has declared a state of emergency in the area.
On Monday, crews pumped sewage from the sinkhole into the Clinton River in an attempt to prevent sewage issues for the families who are already impacted by the sinkhole. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said it is trying to minimize harm to the environment.
And, on Tuesday, crews from Macomb County Public Works struck a natural gas line, which is reportedly being repaired today.
The sinkhole has ties to the corruption that took down former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is serving 28 years in federal prison in Oklahoma for multiple crimes, Detroit Free Press reports:
Kilpatrick’s alleged racketeering and contract-fixing included a $54.3-million contract for repair of the 2004 sinkhole on 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.
That repair came up several times at Kilpatrick’s corruption trial, during which the mayor was accused of steering the sinkhole job to his longtime contractor friend, Bobby Ferguson, who also was convicted and sentenced to 21 years in federal prison in 2013. Macomb County, in a lawsuit, accused the mayor of “a widespread scheme to overcharge” for the project, including “invoicing for work not actually performed and for charging grossly improper rates for work it did perform.” A judge ultimately dismissed Macomb’s suit, ruling the county lacked standing to file it.
The scheme ended up overbilling the city of Detroit by $23 million, according to another lawsuit filed by the city of Detroit, which has unsuccessfully sought to have Kilpatrick pay the lost money back.
Residents who have been evacuated will not be able to return to their homes for at least two weeks, officials say. That is, if they have homes left to return to.
The entire article can be found here:
“New public health study discovers 3,000 US neighborhoods where children are suffering from lead poisoning”
(NaturalNews) For most of us, the term “lead poisoning” immediately conjures up mental images of Flint, Michigan, where thousands of residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water after the city switched water supplies in 2014.
But Flint is far from being the only location in the U.S. threatened by lead contamination from various sources – in fact, there are nearly 3,000 communities across the country where children were found to have levels of lead in their blood measuring more than twice that of those in Flint, and in more than 1,100 of those communities children showed lead blood levels at least four times higher.
That’s according to a newly-released study by Reuters, which examined lead testing results throughout the country. The Reuters study is more far-reaching than previous ones, in that it looked at results at the neighborhood level, which provided a more accurate “granular” view of which areas were particularly at risk for lead poisoning…