2021 Flood Information

Mayor Bazzi's Flood Updates: 
8/2 Update

7/26 Update: https://fb.watch/6_RBnufEHf/
7/24 Update: https://fb.watch/6Y71WRgVUH/
7/23 Update: https://fb.watch/6Y7dHC0QKa/
7/21 Update: https://fb.watch/6Y7htbWynj/
7/20 Update: https://fb.watch/6TdFxsI-p3/
7/17 Update: https://fb.watch/6OSUDI_AE-/
7/14 Update: https://fb.watch/v/4c2HfMuw6/
7/12 Update: https://fb.watch/6OPkCz2aa0/
7/11 Update: https://fb.watch/6OP1leZkX7/
7/10 Update: https://fb.watch/6OOQHqYijq/
7/8 Update with Congreswoman Rashida Tlaib: https://fb.watch/6OOS-vX_LI/
7/6 Update: https://fb.watch/6t72iizUk9/
7/5 Update: https://fb.watch/v/1SBNycg95/
7/4 Update: https://fb.watch/v/1UHRquiDk/
6/30 Update: https://fb.watch/6t72iizUk9/
6/28 4:30pm Update with Governor Whitmer: https://fb.watch/6pZSAznMCW/
6/28 1:30pm Update: https://fb.watch/6pPBbUjR17/
6/27 Update: https://fb.watch/6pZwYbJoZF/
6/26 1:00pm Update: https://fb.watch/6nxWK08KuG/
6/26 4:00pm Update: https://fb.watch/6ny7CciL8g/
6/26 4:00pm Update: https://fb.watch/6nyblP4YBr/

Dearborn Heights Residents:

The federal government officially approved  Michigan's disaster declaration and ordered federal assistance.

You can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). For the hearing and speech impaired1-800-462-7585 (TTY).  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

As we are experiencing heavy rainfall in Wayne and neighboring counties, many of us are experiencing various levels of flooding in our streets and, in some cases, in our basements. Our DPW, Police, and Fire Departments are assisting residents who are stranded in their vehicles. At this time, please avoid the roads and remain in your homes if possible. If you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn around and do NOT drive through it.

If you have flooding in your basement, please avoid the area to prevent possible electrocution (unless you are safely able to enter and appliances are unplugged). Please allow the water to recede or drain if you are able to safely do so.

Also, the flood water you are seeing in and around your streets is often contaminated with backed-up sewage. In addition to the obvious health hazards associated with contaminated water, murky waters can hide several unseen hazards, like sharp-edged debris, broken glass, sinkholes, etc. Stay out of this water as much as possible, and CERTAINLY don't allow children to play in floodwater (no matter how clear it appears to be).

Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Wayne County. Click here to view the Executive Order 

Those impacted by the flood should follow these steps:  

  • Try to limit your contact with the water. Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is
  • Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to DTE Energy at 1 (800) 477-4747
  • Be alert to gas leaks. Turn off the gas to your house before it floods. If you smell gas, report
  • it to a City official or your gas company. Do not use candles, lanterns or open flames if you
  • smell gas or are unsure if your gas has been shut off.
  • Look out for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been forced out of their
  • homes may seek shelter in yours.
  • Get damaged items out to the curb as soon as possible GFL will pick them up within 7 days.
  • Create an inventory of all damages, take photos and keep receipts for YOUR records.
  • Fill out the 2021 Flood Survey Sheet and send it to mhernandez@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us or drop it off at the Mayor's Office in City Hall. This data will help when the city applies for emergency relief funds. You can also download the 2021 Flood Survey Sheet here and return it to the Mayor's Office.

NEED HELP CLEARING YOUR FLOOD-DAMAGED HOME?
Wayne County Resource

CALL 2-1-1
Wayne County 211 Service is Now Accepting Calls From Residents In Need of Help Clearing Flood-Damaged Homes
The hotline operates daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

“The 211 services can assist seniors & other residents who are unable to clean out debris themselves find the assistance they need to safely restore their homes.”-Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans

* 211 can not currently assist residents seeking financial assistance for flood damage.
* Residents who do not need assistance with debris removal should not call 211 about flood-related issues at this time.

211 Flood Help Flyer
Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief Resource
Volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief are in our area to assist with flood cleanup.  (This group was also here in 2019.)  If you need help or want to help them, please contact them.
Samaritan



NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE?
If you need any food assistance contact Eternal Light at 313-220-7787 or pick-up food at 5752 Telegraph Rd. Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127

FEMA and additional local relief resources available: 

Individual Assistance: FEMA's Individual Assistance mission ensures disaster survivors have timely access to a full range of authorized programs and services to maximize recovery through partnered coordination of STTL governments, as well as other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Find a Fact Sheet on Individual Assistance Programs here.

Sequence of Delivery: View a Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Sequence of Delivery Fact Sheet, outlining the order in which funding will be distributed and to whom, here.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants: FEMA's hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses, reduces the vulnerability of communities to disasters and their effects, and more. View a pamphlet on these grants, including a FAQ and additional resource links, here.

The State Emergency Relief program provides immediate help to families and individuals facing conditions of extreme hardship ofor 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.

The lifetime maximum amount of funds available for non-energy related home repairs is $1,500 per household. State Emergency Relief Program assistance is available for repairs not covered by homeowner's insurance for the basic house structure, hot water heater, septic/waste disposal system, doors/windows, extermination services, electrical, plumbing, roofs and wells.

To apply for State Emergency Relief, visit www.michigan.gov/MIBridges. Anyone who does not have internet access or needs assistance applying can contact their local MDHHS office. Or call 2-1-1 to be referred to other community resources.

Wayne Metro is accepting applications for emergency food and supplies, rent and utility assistance, along with property and income tax assistance. Additionally, Wayne Metro is also accepting applications for the Great Lakes Water Authority WRAP (Water Residential Assistance Program) that provides eligible residents of the GLWA service area with payment assistance and home water conservation services.

More websites on flood-related preparedness and safety


GENERAL FLOOD INFORMATION 

Click the link below to access a comprehensive publication about flood hazard areas, flood safety, insurance information, and property protection tips:



Additional Information on FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Areas of Michigan have recently been impacted by multiple tornadoes, severe rains, and widespread flooding. Your community will be looking to you for guidance, and FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is standing by to assist.

Flooding disasters can be overwhelming for those impacted. Share the following resources to help them understand their options and what actions they can take to come back stronger after a flood.

Filing a Claim

 

Recovering from a Flood

NFIP and its partners also has numerous resources available to support your engagement with your community before, during, and after a flood. The materials below can help guide this process and include resources that can be shared with them directly.

Resources to Share

Questions, comments, or requests for additional resources? Reach out to Ugo Iteogu at ugochukwu.iteogu@fema.dhs.gov.