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Deadline for yard waste pick-up is November 29

Time is getting short for the pick-up of yard waste! The last day for pick-up is November 29.


Concerned about the Ebola Virus?

Several residents have expressed concern regarding the potential growth and spread of the Ebola virus. At this point, medical experts still consider a widespread outbreak of the virus in the United States to be a low-probability risk. They are, however, monitoring the situation closely and will post additional precautionary information as it is appropriate.

The State of Michigan's Emerging Diseases website addresses the Ebola issue, as well as several other potentially-dangerous diseases in detail.

Click here to access the State of Michigan's Emerging Diseases Website.




Have you contacted FEMA yet to file your claim? Time is running out!

Residents who experienced flood damage from the August storm have only a few weeks left to contact FEMA to become eligible for any type of federal financial assistance. Since President Obama signed the emergency declaration making this a "declared disaster", FEMA has made available both grants and low-interest loans to residents who have experienced uninsured losses. If you had any flood-related losses that were not covered by insurance (such as if you had to replace your furnace, hot water heater, etc.) you may qualify to have these expenses reimbursed. BUT YOU MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO FEMA BEFORE NOVEMBER 24 TO QUALIFY!!!

To apply, contact FEMA online at, or call 1-800-621-3362. You can also register with web-enabled mobile devices at Disaster assistance applicants who experience speech or hearing challenges and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362.

IMPORTANT: The claim form you filed with the City of Dearborn Heights shortly after the flood is not the same process - YOU MUST FILE SEPARATELY WITH FEMA AS DESCRIBED ABOVE TO QUALIFY FOR ANY AVAILABLE GRANTS OR LOANS.

Apply today - FEMA will not accept any applications for financial assistance after November 24.


WDHT-TV Show Dedicated to Flood Assistance for Residents

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko recently sat down with Wayne County Department of Emergency Management representative (and Dearborn Heights resident) Danielle Elzayat on the latest episode of the "Mayor Dan Paletko Show." The episode was dedicated to Federal flood relief (through FEMA) for Dearborn Heights residents. The show is currently airing on the Government Channel of the city's 3 cable systems.

You can also watch the episode now by clicking here

Dearborn Heights/FEMA to Co-Host Informational Flood Assistance Meeting October 9

To further assist Dearborn Heights residents who have questions or concerns regarding their eligibility for flood assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City of Dearborn Heights, along with FEMA representatives are hosting an informational meeting the evening of Thursday, October 9.

Meeting details are as follows:

City of Dearborn Heights /FEMA Informational-Assistance Meeting

Provide on-site information & clarification for residents with questions and/or concerns regarding their eligibility for flood assistance, as well as assist those who require help preparing/completing the FEMA application process.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Richard A. Young Center, 5400 McKinley Street, Dearborn Heights

7:00 p.m.

Representatives from several of FEMA's assistance-related divisions (governing assistance grants/loans/etc.) will be on hand to present information on the types of flood-related assistance available through their respective divisions, as well as clarify the specifics regarding eligibility and the application process.

Following the presentations, the FEMA staff will be available to meet with residents individually to provide assistance with specific questions, concerns or assist with the application process.


FEMA Extends Dates for Disaster Survivor Assistance Meetings at JFK Library

Due to the high volume of visitors/inquiries relating to flood assistance eligibility, FEMA has decided to extend the dates of its Disaster Survivor Assistance meetings at the John F. Kennedy Library. Originally scheduled to end last Saturday, they will continue throughout this week. Representatives will be on site at the John F. Kennedy Library, (24602 Van Born Road) Monday through Saturday, October 6-11 from Noon to 4:00 p.m.  FEMA representatives will be on hand to provide information/assistance to residents who have questions or concerns regarding their eligibility for flood-related assistance. Residents do not need to make an appointment to meet with the FEMA representatives during these times.


IMPORTANT:  There is More Available Than Just Low-Interest Loans

Some residents are circulating a rumor that the only flood relief FEMA is offering to residents is in the form of low-interest loans that must be paid back.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  Depending upon each resident's eligibility, there may also funding available in the form of grants (that may not need to be paid back) in addition to the low-interest loans - and these are available to homeowners and renters alike.  

The only way to determine which type of funding you are eligible for is to complete and submit an application to FEMA for assistance.  That process is described in the paragraph below, titled "Residents/Business Owners May Now Apply for Federal Assistance."  

DO NOT BELIEVE THE RUMORS!  If you apply to FEMA for assistance within the 60-day window (60 days from the September 25 Presidental Disaster Declaration), you may qualify to receive FEMA grant funding (that does not need to be paid back) to help offset your losses.  However, if you do not apply (because you believe the only assistance available is in the form of a loan), it is a guarantee that you will miss out on this opportunity.  DON'T GAMBLE ON MUCH-NEEDED FLOOD RELIEF FUNDS YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR - SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO FEMA TODAY AND FIND OUT FOR SURE WHAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO! 

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 or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (1-800-FEMA). They can also register with web-enabled mobile devices at  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.  


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 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:

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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Animal Control Department is Seeking Donations of Clean Towels & BlanketsThe Dearborn Heights Animal Control Department is seeking donations of clean, used towels and blankets that can be used to keep animals clean, dry and comfortable in their cages during their transport to the shelter and during temporary housing. 

Click here for more information.

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.

Click here to see Waste Management's recycling guidelines.

Residents Reminded to "Run Their Water" After Water Main Breaks

The 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, refer to this calendar.
Parks & Recreation Programs and Events
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2014 Holiday Trash Schedule
Click here for the 2014 Holiday Trash Schedule