Mayoral candidate Anthony Adams on Wednesday called for a return to Detroit control of the area water system amid the summer’s massive flooding, saying scrapping the regional authority created in the city’s bankruptcy is the only way to prevent future problems.

“The Great Lakes Water Authority has been formed in a manner that has left the citizens in the city of Detroit defenseless against flooding,” Adams said. “And so to that end, we believe that action must be taken to protect the citizens that live in our city.”

The intense June 25-26 storm damaged thousands of homes with basement backups,  and hundreds of vehicles were ruined during freeway flooding, which primarily hit Detroit and nearby Wayne County suburbs. Detroit officials said late last month that the city’s  Water and Sewerage Department had received 27,000 initial damage claims so far.

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