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Posted on: June 28, 2021

How to Handle Flooding Issues

Severe thunderstorms with intense rainfall in June overwhelmed storm and sanitary sewerage systems, causing flooding in many areas including roadways, yards, and homes. The sanitary sewer system was overwhelmed by the volume of the stormwater making its way through foundation drains. Our crews responded to reports in Washtenaw Heights and found no blockages in the sanitary sewer. Site drainage does not always properly drain away from homes, causing stormwater to sit in yards and drain to the foundation instead of sheeting away from homes. 

Please continue to monitor conditions in your neighborhood if the weather forecast shows additional rain. If the sanitary drain on your street is clogged, backing up due to heavy rainfall, or flooding into your yard; please contact the Washtenaw County Water Resource Department, who manages the storm drains, at 734.222.6860. If you are experiencing a backup or flooding in your basement, please contact the Pittsfield Township Utilities Department immediately at 734.822.3105, or 734.822.2107 after hours.

We are currently asking homeowners of all affected properties to document and take photos of all damages and submit a claim form to Pittsfield Charter Township, along with photos and any other documentation. Completed forms, photos, and all other documentation should be submitted to utilities@pittsfield-mi.gov.


Register for the July 23 Flood Resources Virtual Town Hall

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration are hosting a Flood Resources Virtual Town Hall on Friday, July 23, at 5:30 PM to provide information and answer questions related to FEMA assistance and flood resources to those impacted by the recent flooding on June 25th and 26th. To participate in the livestreaming event, complete the webinar registration form.


July 19, 2021 Update: FEMA Teams in Southeast Michigan Helping Survivors Apply for Disaster Assistance

Washtenaw County residents affected by the severe storms and flooding of June 25-26 may register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 800.621.3362 between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM ET seven days a week or online at FEMA's Individual Assistance page. County residents have sixty days from incident’s date to submit a claim. Make sure that all claim information is filled out completely with required documentation, as FEMA’s claim appeal process can take up to 90 days.

FEMA has sent Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams to Washtenaw and Wayne counties, where survivors of the June 25-26 severe storms and flooding are now eligible for Individual Assistance. These teams will be visiting homes, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in impacted areas to help residents register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state, and voluntary agencies for additional support. Like all FEMA personnel, DSA team members can be identified by their official federal photo ID badge and the FEMA logo on their shirts/vests. They will ask survivors for some personal information needed for registration, including: Social Security number, annual income and bank information, as well as names of occupants of the impacted property. Survivors should always ask to see official identification before providing any personal information.

Survivors can also register by:

  • Visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or using the FEMA mobile app.
  • Calling 800.621.3362 (800.462.7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM ET, seven days a week.

For more information about Michigan’s recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4607.                                    


MDHHS Emergency Relief Assistance

Low-income residents affected by recent flooding in Michigan may be eligible for emergency relief assistance through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The State Emergency Relief program provides immediate help to families and individuals facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety. It is available to eligible residents that need help with home repairs necessary to correct unsafe conditions and restore essential services. Applicants must be the owner or purchaser of the home and meet other eligibility requirements - including income limits - to qualify.

More information is available from the MDHHS by viewing the press release in its entirety.


Flood Resources for Washtenaw County Residents Compiled by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) 

The OCED have complied a number of resources available to residents affected by flooding, and made that information available on their website.


Report Damage to Your Home

As part of the request for a State declaration, Washtenaw County needs to collect as much information as possible about the extent of damage that has occurred in our community. Residents are encouraged to self-report damage to their home as a result of recent storms. County employees will use this information to prioritize areas for formal damage assessments as they continue to work with the State of Michigan to pursue additional resources. 


FAQs

Q. What should we do if we have water backed up in our basement?  
A. If you are experiencing a backup please contact the Utilities Department immediately at 734.822.3105 or call 734.822.2107 after hours. Do not attempt to stop the flow of water back up through the floor drain. Added obstruction could cause serious damage to your household drainage system.

Q. Why did the sanitary sewer back up?
A. A large amount of rainwater overwhelmed the sanitary sewer. Stormwater should drain away from the home and into a stormwater drainage area, not into the sanitary sewer.

Q. How do I file a claim?
A. Please take inventory including photos of all damaged items in and around your home for your records/insurance needs. You will then need to contact your homeowners' insurance and file a claim. A claim also needs to be filed with Pittsfield Charter Township and can be accessed online at: https://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7773/Claim-Form-with-Damage-Inventory Completed forms, photos, and all other documentation should be submitted to utilities@pittsfield-mi.gov.

Q. Who manages stormwater in my neighborhood?
A. The storm drains are maintained by the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office. If you see an issue with a County Drain, please contact them at 734.222.6860 or report the issue online at: https://www.washtenaw.org/196/Report-an-Issue?fbclid=IwAR3l-IxyZ-IeF2AkXy1PQRNyVmCk02EjrW2_Y3PXaVjGhcuv0rADnmArQ80

Q. My yard is flooded who do I call?
A. Residents should call 911 to report a flooding emergency. All non-emergency issues including flooding and street drainage blockages should be reported to the Water Resource Commissioner's Office by phone at 734.222.6860 or by email at drains@washtenaw.org

Q. Is the water in my basement clean? How do I properly clean it up?
A. Flood water can contain hazardous materials including backups from the sanitary sewer, chemicals, and pollutants. Clean-up and drying should occur as quickly as possible to minimize mold and the risk of additional problems. Here are some recommended steps to take when dealing with a flooded basement:

  1. Turn off the power before entering the basement. If you aren't able to access the circuit breaker, contact a qualified electrician. Do not use any electrical equipment while standing in water. Unplug all electrical appliances.
  2. Protect yourself: Flood water can contain hazardous materials, including raw sewage, chemicals, and pollutants. Use protective clothing including waterproof boots, plastic or rubber gloves, protective eyewear, and a face mask when handling floodwaters. Keep children and animals out of the affected areas.
  3. Remove the water and dry out the basement using a wet/dry vacuum or sump pump and use fans or a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture and prevent mold. Do not use heat to dry out enclosed areas to avoid creating mildew and further damage.
  4. Move any wet items out of the basement including wet carpeting, drywall, and insulation. Discard or properly wash and disinfect all toys, clothing, furniture, and other contaminated objects.
  5. Clean and sanitize walls, floor, and other surfaces.
  6. Consider taking extra steps to waterproof your basement for the future.

Q. How do I schedule a bulk pickup for items affected by flooding?
A. Please contact the Utilities Department at 734.822.3105 regarding any bulk pick-up needs related to flooding.

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