If a private company does property damage then send in Erin Brokivich and the Lawyers.
When government is involved immunity against damages prevails. Regulations through arbitrary laws have jurisdiction and the public is left without redress for grievances.
Michigan had bad experiences with public works projects in the past. The $5 million dollar railroad they built and sold for $2 Million leaving a #3 Million dollar debt to repay and no collateral. The 1857 Constitution prevented Michigan from borrowing for public works.
If government has a big project, let the hold a money bomb. Only money volunteered for such a project can be in the general welfare.
Free includes debt-free!