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(A) Whenever the City Engineer finds that because of the rising of the level of the waters in St. Clair River, or canals, rivers, navigable streams or similar places in the city, the safety, health, property and general welfare of the public is endangered by floodwaters and that immediate action is necessary to protect the public interests, he or she shall notify the riparian owners thereon, at the address given in the last assessment roll, and shall also post a notice on every lot or building or structure thereon to immediately provide adequate barriers, dikes or other embankments to protect against the overflow of waters. Should any such owner fail to so provide, the City Manager, at the direction of the Commission, shall proceed to provide barriers, dikes or embankments by or through any officer or department of the city.
(B) If the owner or occupant of any lot or premises, when ordered by the City Engineer to provide adequate barriers, dikes or other embankments, shall neglect so to do, the City Engineer, at the direction of the Commission, as aforesaid, may cause the same to be done under the direction of any officer of the city, and the expense shall be charged against the lot or premises and collected as a special assessment thereon as provided in the Charter, or such expense may be recovered by the city in an action or debt or assumpsit against the owner or occupant of any lot or premises.
(Prior Code, § 33-1)