FEMA Schedules Local Meetings October 1-4 for Dearborn Heights Flood Victims
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are hosting 4 public visitation/conference sessions (Disaster Survivor Assistance meetings) October 1-4 at the John F. Kennedy Library (24602 Van Born Road). Residents who experienced flood damage during the August 11 storm can come in to express their questions and concerns regarding their eligibility for federal assistance, as well as receive information on how the federal assistance application process works.
Meeting times are: October 1 - Noon to 5 p.m.; October 2 - Noon to 5 p.m.; October 3 - Noon to 4 p.m.; October 4 - Noon to 4 p.m. Residents do NOT need to make an appointment to meet with the FEMA representatives during these meetings.
Residents/Business Owners May Now Apply for Federal Assistance
President Obama's disaster declaration for the state of Michigan (as a result of the August 11 storm and flooding that hit Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties) clears the way for federal assistance for flood victims. Dearborn Heights residents and business owners affected by the flood should now contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) directly to confirm their eligibility and apply for assistance.
Federal assistance includes grants that provide assistance with temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to recover from the impact of the flooding.
Affected individuals can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (1-800-FEMA). They can also register with web-enabled mobile devices at fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants who experience speech or hearing challenges and use TTY, should call call 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you live in a tri-level or quad-level home and you experienced flooding in any below-ground levels that are used for essential daily living space (including: a kitchen/bedroom/living room/etc. -- excluding: a recreation room/den/casual use "man cave" room/utility basement, etc.), it is important that you accurately convey this information to the FEMA representative when you file your claim. FEMA policies generally define any below-grade room as a basement, which typically does not qualify for most types of disaster assistance. Unless you specify your below-grade room is used as essential daily living space, you may encounter difficulty qualifying for assistance for the repair of that part of your home.
It is also important to remember that the City of Dearborn Heights plays no role in determining if homeowners and/or business owners qualify for federal assistance – this decision is made solely through FEMA. Likewise, residents must apply directly to FEMA for federal assistance and follow FEMA guidelines, even if they have already filed a claim with the City of Dearborn Heights and/or Wayne County. These claims are unrelated, and the City of Dearborn Heights may not forward residents’ claims on their behalf.
President approves Governor's Request for Federal Disaster Declaration
This afternoon (September 25, 2014), President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Michigan, triggering the release of Federal relief funds. This declaration will help the people and communities of Wayne County recover from the severe storms and flooding that resulted from the weather event that began August 11, 2014.
We are still awaiting many of the specific details regarding how the process will be managed, so are unable to provide the logistical details at this point. We are expecting this information shortly however, and will pass it along as soon as it becomes available.
Ecorse Creek Flood Measures - Historical Data & Information
Many questions have been expressed regarding the studies and recommended measures that have been proposed relating to the reduction of flood-related vulnerabilities along Ecorse Creek. The following link takes the reader to Wayne County's Ecorse Creek Flood Relief (website) page. The page includes a wealth of information - including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study - on flooding solutions.
Click here for access to the Wayne County North Branch of the Ecorse Creek Flood Control website page.
UPDATE: Governor Snyder Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration
September 17, 2014 - Governor Rick Snyder submitted his request today, asking for a presidential disaster declaration in response to last month's storm and flooding.
Click here for a link to his press release.
For your reference, the following link will take you to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) website page dedicated to frequently-asked questions relating to disaster assistance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS BEING PROVIDED ON AN 'INFORMATION-ONLY' BASIS -- MUCH OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE ADDRESSES SERVICES AVAILABLE ONLY AFTER A PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN ISSUED. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WHILE OUR GOVERNOR HAS SUBMITTED HIS REQUEST FOR A PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION, THIS REQUEST HAS NOT YET BEEN ACTED UPON BY FEMA OR THE PRESIDENT.
Click here for FEMA's "Disaster Assistance Frequently-Asked Questions" Page.
Call 2-1-1 for Flood-Related Clean-Up Assistance
If you need assistance in removing flood-affecting belongings, mud, sand, or floodwater, gutting flood-affected walls (drywall/paneling) or disinfecting, volunteer organizations may be able to provide volunteers to assist in clean-up efforts.
To request volunteer help visit www.bit.ly/floodcleanupsemi and complete the Flood Cleanup Assistance Form, or simply call 2-1-1 to talk with a representative.
Michigan Community Service Commission also has a website with more information on the services available through the 2-1-1 program - the address is: http://www.mi211.org/
Flood Safety Tips
The City of Dearborn Heights, like nearly all neighboring communities, is dealing with last week's storm that brought significant amounts of rainfall. Your city officials are dealing with the many problems resulting from this flooding, and are doing their best to resume normal day-to-day activities as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we urge residents to:
Avoid coming into direct contact with flood water. This water is contaminated, and could result in illness if inadvertently ingested. If you are cleaning up flooded areas in your home or place of business, wear protective clothing (including rubber gloves and masks).
Stay out of flooded streets. The murky waters could hide dangerous hazards, including missing manhole covers, sharp debris, etc.
Use caution around utilities. DO NOT GO NEAR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES IF YOU ARE STANDING IN OR NEAR WATER! Also, be aware of the potential for gas leaks in your home or place of business. Many times, flood waters will extinguish pilot lights, and cause gas to escape.
If the condition of your home prohibits you from staying there and you have no other areas to relocate to (family, friends, etc.), the City of Dearborn Heights has worked with the American Red Cross to open an emergency shelter at the Garden City Middle School, 1851 Radcliff (just South of Ford Road). Displaced residents will have access to shelter, meals and a sleeping area (cots). For more information, contact the American Red Cross Southeast Michigan Disaster Services Department at 1-800-774-6066.
If you need to leave your home and cannot get out because of the flooded streets, call the Dearborn Heights Police (non-emergency) telephone number: 313-277-6770 and help will be provided. In case of life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.
For more information on coping with flood-related issues, click the "Flood Information" link on the main page of this website.
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Curbisde Recycling . . . What Can (and Can't) be Recycled
Do you ever wonder (as you are preparing to drop that item in your recycling bin) if it is on the "acceptable" list for recycling? Wonder no more - the Waste Management Corporation has produced a convenient handout explaining what can (and can't) be recycled.
Fire Department Open House Scheduled for Saturday, October 11
The Dearborn Heights Fire Department will host its annual Open House Saturday, October 11 at the Fire Headquarters, 1999 North Beech Daly. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please join us for a fun-filled day featuring tours, demonstrations, refreshments and more!
Residents Reminded to "Run Their Water" After Water Main BreaksThe City of Dearborn Heights has experienced a number of water main breaks over the past several weeks. In many cases, small amounts of rust coloration are released into the water supply as the repairs are being made. If you experience this discoloration in your water, you should simply run it for a short period (10-15 minutes) until the discoloration dissipates and your water appears clear again.Although not harmful if consumed, laundering white or light-colored fabrics in discolored water could result in rust-colored stains.
Thinking about building a rain garden? Click here for some helpful information and tips.
Calendar of EventsFor a list of current events, please refer to the calendar.
Parks & Recreation Programs and Events
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2013 Holiday Trash Schedule
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