The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department appeared to be no hurry to prevent a sinkhole from opening up late Monday afternoon on East Jefferson near St. Jean.
In a city that is large enough to fit Boston, Manhattan and San Francisco, it’s not easy for Detroit workers to find – and fix – thousands of problems that exist in many long-neglected neighborhoods.
Less than two days after firefighters reported an underground fire in downtown Detroit, they spotted smoke coming from another “blown” manhole Monday morning, just a block from Cobo Center.
“Clearly, this should not have happened and DWSD is now in the process of reviewing this list to ensure such an error does not happen in the future,” DWSD spokesman Greg Eno said.
Crumbling bricks from the adjacent, neglected Wurlitzer building aren’t the only danger to 1515 Broadway.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr defended the shutoffs and urged protesters to end the “hysteria.”
Among those arrested were pastors and seniors, who were placed in the backs of police cars and hauled off.