Tens of thousands of gallons of water that spewed from leaking pipes at the vacant Detroit City High School last week have turned to ice.
That’s because the city finally shut off water to the school, a week after urban explorers came across flooded hallways, classrooms and basement. Dan Sommers III said he reported the leak to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department early last week and was told the problem would be immediately resolved.
Just hours after the Motor City Muckraker published a story about the flooding, the department sent out crews to investigate before shutting off the water.
“I don’t know why this hasn’t been responded to before today, but I have a crew on the scene now,” DWSD spokesman Bill Johnson told us Friday afternoon.
After learning about the leak, Mayor Mike Dugan’s administration made sure the water was shut off. His office also trying to determine why the water was never shut off at the 13141 Rosa Parks building, which has been vacant for more than a year. There are two possible explanations: The city forgot or neglected to turn off the water or Detroit Public Schools never notified the water department of the vacancy.
“We still need to get to the bottom of why the water service had not been shut off earlier,” Duggan’s spokesman, John Roach, told us.
Because the water wasn’t shut off sooner, the building’s foundation is at a better risk of cracking from the ice.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.