Flood update as of Friday, July 23, 2021

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell hosting flood resources town hall Friday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, advance registration required--click here

Flood update as of Saturday, July 17, 2021

Dearborn's flood response call center open Saturday, July 17 at 313-586-3181

The City of Dearborn’s Flood Response Call Center at 313-586-3181 will be open Saturday, July 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist residents who need help with submitting the Flood Damage and Estimated Losses report found at www.cityofdearborn.org/flood, or have questions about resources available to them.

Residents wanting to file for assistance from FEMA can do so by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Federal assistance from FEMA could include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners.

Those needing help with cleaning out their basements can contact the charity called Samaritan’s Purse at 313-407-4436.

Flood update as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021

President Biden has issued a presidential disaster declaration for Wayne County, including Dearborn, following the storms of June 25-26. This will bring assistance to individuals and households affected by flooding and sewer backups. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be coordinating efforts to help residents directly. About 12,000 homes in Dearborn were impacted.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Mayor John O'Reilly will be working with FEMA to present a Town Hall to provide residents with information on how to apply for financial assistance. More details coming soon.

Flood update as of July 13, 2021

Governor Whitmer on July 13 requests federal disaster declaration to bring resources to Dearborn

Flood update as of 2 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021 and 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. July 10, 2021 and 2 p.m. on July 12, 2021

The City of Dearborn will again be providing residents whose homes have been impacted by the June 26 flooding with free cleaning supply kits at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. Individuals may pick up these kits by at the driveway to The Center’s theater loading dock on Saturday, July 10 beginning at 9 a.m. Kits will be available throughout the day while supplies last. Proof of residency will be required.

The items within the kits are being provided to the City by donations from local organizations and businesses. They will include gloves, sponges, masks intended for use during cleaning, and other cleaning supplies.

For all updates on the City of Dearborn’s flood response, and to review important information previously published, visit www.cityofdearborn.org.

Flood update as of 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are in town today, July 8, and will be spending a few days getting more information from residents and businesses about the damage they suffered on June 26. 

Flood update as of 10 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021

FEMA, State to start damage assessments July 8, 2021

Beginning July 8, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD), FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local officials in Wayne County will be conducting joint preliminary damage assessments due to the flooding that occurred in late June. These assessments are the result of the state’s June 30 request, and is one of the initial steps in the federal disaster declaration process. Other counties may be added to the assessments as identified and requested by the state.

Five teams will be canvassing Wayne County to assess and validate home damage and disaster impacts against federal assistance eligibility criteria. MSP/EMHSD, FEMA and SBA team members will be wearing shirts with agency names and logos prominently displayed. Personnel will also have their credentials visible and be following state and local COVID-19 safety protocols.

Assessment teams will be collecting disaster impact information, including total number of homes affected and degree of damage incurred, extent of insurance coverage, cause and concentration of damage, and homeownership rates of impacted homes. Since disasters affect communities differently, teams will also document specific characteristics of each that may impact their ability to recover. In addition, teams will document disaster-related casualties, resources already available from other sources, and critical infrastructure that may be unavailable for an extended time—i.e. hospitals, schools, utilities and nursing homes—as this could also significantly affect a community’s ability to recover. Teams will collect this data by talking to as many local officials, renters, homeowners and business owners as possible, but it is not necessary to visit every home to complete the assessment.

These assessments are part of a process that could lead to the state asking for a declaration. FEMA works with the state to verify damage, but it is up to the state to determine if that damage is beyond state and local resources and whether to submit a declaration request. Federal assistance would only be made available after the state formally requests a presidential disaster declaration and it is approved.

Assessments for public assistance—or federal grant funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure and costs incurred for emergency actions taken to protect lives or property—will also start this week using imagery and photos, and phone interviews and virtual meetings. Some site inspections may also be conducted if necessary.

For more information about FEMA’s declaration process or disaster assistance programs, visit www.fema.gov/disaster-declaration-process.

Flood update as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are in town July 8, 2021 conducting assessments of the homes and businesses that suffered damage following the June 26 flooding. They will be out in the community for a few days knocking on doors in the most affected areas to get more details of the damage.

Police and Fire personnel are assisting with the door-to-door initiative.

Mayor O’Reilly and city leaders met with FEMA early on Thursday morning. If the federal government makes a declaration of a national disaster, FEMA will then provide resources directly to residents who apply and qualify for its financial help.

Details will be provided by FEMA and residents would work directly with FEMA. The City will help spread the word about FEMA’s activities.

Flood update as of 9 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2021

Friendly crews from multiple cities are still helping our residents, like these gentlemen from Flat Rock and Romulus who were at Linden and Sherwood Court in Snow Woods this morning.
 
Collection is ongoing throughout Dearborn today and will continue until all flooded items are gone from the curbs. To be sure we are aware of all situations, contact the Call Center at 313-586-3181 if you are putting out ruined items for a second time, or are in an area where only a few houses are affected. We're coming for all of it and appreciate residents' patience.
 

Flood update as of 8 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2021

Residents are encouraged to file a Flood Report and Estimated Damage form with the City by July 6.

We know residents affected by the June 26 flood have a lot to deal with. But we are reminding them to report flood damage and their estimated losses to the city by July 6. The reporting form can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org or can be accessed by texting FLOOD to 313-635-3900. Residents can also contact the Dearborn Flood Response Call Center at 313-586-3181. An Arabic version is also available.

The data gathered via the form will assist Dearborn with its application for federal emergency relief efforts, with the goal of bringing in federal relief dollars for households affected by the June 26 flooding. If a federal disaster is designated, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide individuals with actual federal claim forms.

Residents should be documenting damage via photographs and video, and saving receipts for all clean up and repair expenses.

FEMA is expected in town on July 8 to conduct an initial assessment.

Flood update as of 7 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021

Some very welcome news following a heartbreaking and back-breaking week for our residents and the many crews deployed to help them: As of Sunday night, almost all of the flood damaged material set at the curbs has been picked up in a first pass of the massive removal effort.

The comprehensive operation will continue on Monday and will include hitting a few blocks in east Dearborn that still need an initial collection, and tackling more areas in west Dearborn.

The effort is not over. Residents who want to report that their flood-damaged material is on the curb as of Monday, or who have more materials to set out, should call the City's Flood

Response Call Center at 313-586-3181. The Call Center will be staffed on Monday, July 5, despite city offices being closed for the holiday.

Clearing the streets of the initial flood damaged material as rapidly as possible was accomplished under the coordination of the Property Maintenance and Development Services

Department as well as DPW; and included the deployment of more than 100 trucks from GFL on the holiday weekend; dedicated crews and equipment from 12 neighboring communities; multiple private contractors, city employees from DPW, PMADS and other departments volunteering for tough work assignments; and critical support from the Police and
Fire departments. It also occurred with the cooperation of Dearborn residents facing significant challenges.

Residents are also encouraged to file a Flood Report and Estimated Damage form with the city by July 6. The form can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org or can be accessed by texting FLOOD to 313-635-3900. Residents can also contact the Call Center at 313-586-3181.

Filing a report will help the city compile data in support the request for an emergency declration from the federal government, with the goal of bringing federal relief dollars to households affected by the flood. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected in town on July 8 to conduct an initial assessment.
The video shows the pile of flood-damaged materials collected from Dearborn households and dumped at the DPW Yard for transfer to disposal facilities.

Flood update as of 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021

Significant amount of Dearborn blocks cleared of flood-damaged items following Saturday’s massive deployment; More to come over holiday weekend

A significant portion of neighborhood blocks in Dearborn’s east side, primarily north of Michigan Avenue, has been cleared of flood-damaged materials following the City’s massive deployment of waste haulers from a variety of sources, including more than 100 trucks and crews from GFL, the city’s trash contractor.

More full-force cleanup is scheduled for the holiday on Sunday, and operations are slated to continue on Monday. It now is more likely that most of east Dearborn will have at least one pickup of flooded items over the next day or so should progress continue at this pace without hitches.

Large amounts of heavy equipment, huge disposal trucks, and dozens of teams of personnel from the city and contractors have been hitting the streets of Dearborn for a week. But this weekend, the city amped up all efforts, with help of other communities that provided crews and equipment that they don’t usually use on weekends and so could assign to Dearborn.

Helping Dearborn are crews and equipment from Taylor, Melvindale, Canton, Riverview , Plymouth, Flat Rock, Romulus, Livonia, Lincoln Park, Trenton, Allen Park and Brownstown.

And GFL was able to mobilize the 100 trucks by reassigning equipment from other communities, and recruiting employees to work the holiday weekend, when collection was not scheduled for the cities they usually serve.

The intent is for all affected neighborhoods to be cleared once, and then crews will return to the same areas for additional collection until all flood-damaged items are gone.

The South End of Dearborn was cleared of flood-damaged materials from households once as of Friday, July 2.

Keep parked vehicles off the streets
In order for crews to access curbs full of damaged items, parked vehicles must be removed from neighborhood streets.

Apology from the Department of Public Information
The Department of Public Information apologizes to anyone who was offended by its description in a July 2, 2021 press release and social media notice that news accounts explaining that flood-damaged items could be cleared from neighborhoods by July 5 were “mistaken reports.”

Information is evolving in this dynamic situation, and no disrespect was meant from the Department of Public Information.

Additional cleaning kits expected
The City distributed hundreds of free clean up kits to residents on Friday and Saturday, and is expecting more soon. The kits contain cleaning supplies, gloves and sponges and other items and were given to the city by Wayne County.

Find updates on the flood response at www.cityodearborn.org

For important updates of the city’s flood response, and to view important information previously published, please visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood update as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021

What a Saturday morning! Continuing the city’s all hands on deck response to residents’ enormous needs, 104 trucks from GFL, massive amounts of heavy equipment, huge disposal vehicles, and dozens of teams of personnel from the city, 12 other communities, multiple trash haulers and many contractors are hitting the streets in force today and throughout the holiday weekend.

The efforts on July 3 will concentrate on east Dearborn neighborhoods, primarily north of Michigan Avenue.

Crews and equipment from Taylor, Melvindale, Canton, Riverview , Plymouth, Flat Rock, Romulus, Livonia, Lincoln Park, Trenton, Allen Park and Brownstown are all part of the city’s push.

Many Dearborn employees with other important jobs have committed to removing curbside debris in a labor intensive effort, with some being out on the streets for days.

Residents can best help by keeping parked vehicles off neighborhood streets as heavy machinery and staff need to reach the curbs to clear the flood soaked materials.

For updates of the city’s flood response, and to view important information previously published, please visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood update as of 5:15 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021 (edited Saturday, July 3, 2021)

Massive deployment of waste haulers set for Dearborn over holiday weekend to remove flood damaged items

Comprehensive action expected to clear significant portion, and efforts will be ongoing for days

Massive amounts of heavy equipment, huge disposal trucks, and dozens of teams of personnel from the city, 12 other communities, multiple trash haulers and other contractors are hitting the streets of Dearborn July 3-5 and beyond.

A comprehensive effort had already been going on since June 26 and is expected to continue for days.

The efforts continuing on Saturday, July 3 will concentrate on east Dearborn neighborhoods, primarily north of Michigan Avenue.

The comprehensive efforts have already resulted in the South End of Dearborn being cleared of flood-damaged materials from household curbsides, as of Friday, July 2. Crews will be returning for any additional materials set out in the South

End in coming days, after other areas are cleared for the first time. Multiple pickups are expected in all neighborhoods affected by the historic flooding on June 26.

Helping already or expected to be on Dearborn streets over the holiday weekend are crews and equipment from Taylor, Melvindale, Canton, Riverview , Plymouth, Flat Rock, Romulus, Livonia, Lincoln Park, Trenton, Allen Park and Brownstown.

Many Dearborn employees with other important jobs have committed to removing curbside debris in a labor intensive effort and have been out on the streets for days.

In order for crews to access curbs full of damaged items, parked vehicles must be removed from neighborhood streets. In addition, parked vehicles may be in harm’s way as heavy machinery tries to clear the debris.

Police will be monitoring the parking situation, in order to ensure that the colossal trash removal operation can proceed to serve residents best in this catastrophic situation.

For important updates of the city’s flood response, and to view important information previously published, please visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood update as of 4 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021

The City of Dearborn is providing residents whose homes or buildings have been impacted by the recent flooding with free cleaning supply kits at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. These kits will be available for pick up at The Center’s theater loading dock on Friday, July 2 from 6 – 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until they run out. Proof of residency is required.

The cleaning kits are being provided to the city by Wayne County. They contain a number of cleaning items, such as gloves, sponges, Pine-Sol, buckets, bleach and more.

The Center will also once again be offering dry ice for residents in need at the theater loading dock on Friday, July 2 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Proof of residency is required, and individuals must bring their own coolers to transport the dry ice.

For all updates on the City of Dearborn’s flood response, and to review important information previously published, visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood update as of 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021

Parked vehicles must be removed for efficient clearing of flood damaged items. Massive amounts of heavy equipment, huge disposal trucks, and dozens of teams of personnel from the city, seven other communities, multiple trash haulers and other contractors are hitting the streets now and through the July 4 holiday weekend and beyond.

In order for them to access curbs full of damaged items, parked vehicles must be removed from neighborhood streets. The crews and equipment cannot reach and dispose of the materials if they are blocked by parked vehicles. In addition, parked vehicles may be in harm’s way as heavy machinery tries to clear the debris.

Police will be monitoring the parking situation, in order to ensure that the colossal trash removal operation can proceed to serve residents best in this catastrophic situation.

Flood update as of 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021

Permit application timeline relaxed, permit fees waived for specific flood repairs

In an effort to ensure essential repairs to mechanical, heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems damaged by the June 26, 2021 flood can be made quickly, the City Council has temporarily waived the requirement for permits to be obtained within three days.

Permits and inspections are still required for these projects carried out by licensed contractors, but can be applied for after work has begun.

This provision is in place until July 31, 2021 when the local state of emergency declared by Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. expires.

Additionally, to assist residents as they recover from the flood’s impact, the City Council has waived permit fees for the repair of flood-related damage until July 31, 2021.

Residents should call 313-943-2150 to verify that their flood repair project qualifies for the waivers of time or fees. All required permits must still be obtained.

Flood update as of 12 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021

Residents are encouraged to report basement flooding and their estimated damages by calling 313-586-3181 or by visiting www.cityofdearborn.org and clicking on the red bar on the home page.

The form serves as statutory notice to the City of Dearborn for your losses. It is a fillable form that can be submitted online. It should be submitted by July 6, 2021 if possible.

Residents can also access the form by texting 313-635-3900, typing in FLOOD, and following the links.

There is also an Arabic language version at cityofdearborn.org that can be printed and filled out. It cannot be submitted online. It needs to be delivered to the Dearborn Administrative Center, ideally by July 6, 2021. (The DAC is closed July 3-5)

This form is not a claim form.

The data gathered via the form will assist Dearborn with its application for federal emergency relief efforts, which could ultimately help individual households. By reporting damage and helping the city to compile the full scope of the impact, it is more likely that a federal disaster will be called. If a federal disaster is designated, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will require individuals to file actual claim forms through federal agencies.

Residents should be documenting damage via photographs and video, and saving receipts for all clean up expenses.

Residents with questions can contact the city at 313-586-3181.

Residents can always check www.cityofdearborn.org for flood updates and important updates previously published.

Residents affected by the flood who do not have internet access can visit a Dearborn library and connect to the flood report form from the public computers. Check hours at dearbornlibrary.org

Flood update as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021

Dry ice distribution 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1

The City of Dearborn is offering free dry ice to residents 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the theater loading dock at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. Bring a cooler for safe transport of the dry ice. Proof of residency is required.

For all updates on the City of Dearborn’s flood response, and to review important information previously published, visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood update as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021

All sorts of debris removal crews are out in the community, and residents are reminded to keep their parked vehicles off the streets in order for workers and heavy equipment to gain access to the flood-damaged materials in their area.

Homes in the Tuesday trash district will be a particular focus of debris collection crews on Thursday, July 1. So for the most efficient service, residents in the Tuesday trash district should make sure their parked vehicles are removed from in front of any curbs full of waste on Thursday, July 1.

This is so important, parking enforcement will take place by the authority of Police Chief Ron Haddad. The City is counting on Thursday being another good day of progress for clearing the neighborhoods of flood-damaged items.

Flood update as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021

It was a blitz in Dearborn today, when the City amped up even more our “all hands on deck” approach to assisting our residents by bringing in significant pieces of heavy equipment, and enlisting the support from neighboring communities and private contractors to supplement the tremendous efforts already being put forth by Dearborn workers. Nothing is more important than clearing the streets of the flood-damaged debris. 

Flood update as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Dry ice distribution 4 to 11 pm June 30

The City of Dearborn is offering free dry ice to residents 4 -11 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the theater loading dock at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. Bring a cooler for safe transport of the dry ice. Proof of residency is required.

For all updates on the City of Dearborn’s flood response, and to review important information previously published, visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood update as of 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Report flood damage by July 5; avoid including hazardous waste with flood-damaged material

Residents whose homes have received flood damage are asked to fill out the flood report form, located on www.cityofdearborn.org, by July 5, as the City must turn in flood damage information to Wayne County by July 6. The flooding report form is a preliminary damage assessment intended to collect data about the extent of the flooding so that the Wayne County may request FEMA assistance for Dearborn and other communities.

Note that the form can be submitted online. City offices are closed July 3-4, as well as Monday, July 5 for the holiday.

While clearing out flood damage, residents are reminded to not include hazardous waste when they place the damaged materials on their curb for pick up.

As an example of what to avoid throwing out with flood damaged items, a partial list of hazardous materials is as follows:
• household paints, stains, dyes
• floor care items, furniture polish, bathroom cleaners
• lawn and garden chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers
• antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline

In addition, individuals are asked to be patient as street sweeping has been suspended in order for city personnel to tackle more urgent tasks directly affecting the welfare of residents affected by the flood.

Residents are also asked to be as cautious as possible around the debris set out at curbs and with coming into contact with anything contaminated by the flood.

Flood update as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Serving residents impacted by the flooding of June 26, city crews from DPW and the Property Maintenance and Development Services Department are out removing damaged materials from curbsides in east Dearborn neighborhoods, setting aside their regular assignments to focus on the tremendous need with an all-hands on deck effort. Some city employees have volunteered to work on this heavy duty task on behalf of our residents.

Residents are urged to remove their flood-soaked items from their basements as quickly as possible to prevent further contamination. It will be picked up by city crews or GFL.

Residents in the Tuesday trash district are reminded to keep their parked vehicles off the road on Thursday as well, when crews will return to their district and need access to their curbside as they are using heavy equipment. Removing parked vehicles from the street is a requirement as part of this emergency response, and parked vehicles will be subjected to tickets. The City has no interest in ticketing, and is only imposing this order so that materials can be cleared away as efficiently as possible.

Flood update as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Report flood damage at wwww.cityofdearborn.org, texting option for flood form at 313-635-3900; new phone number for basic information

Residents are encouraged to report basement flooding and their estimated damages by visiting www.cityofdearborn.org and clicking on the red bar on the home page.

Note that a revised, simplified form is now available. The revised form serves as statutory notice to the City of Dearborn for your losses.

Residents can also access the form by texting 313-635-3900, typing in FLOOD, and following the links.

This form is not a claim form.

The data gathered via the form will assist Dearborn with its application for federal emergency relief efforts, which could ultimately help individual households. By reporting damage and helping the city to compile the full scope of the impact, it is more likely that a federal disaster will be called. If a federal disaster is designated, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will require individuals to file actual claim forms through federal agencies.

Residents should be documenting damage via photographs and video, and saving receipts for all clean up expenses.

Residents with questions can contact the city at 313-586-3181. Callers will be directed to www.cityofdearborn.org for flood updates and to the flood damage reporting form.

Residents affected by the flood who do not have internet access can visit a Dearborn library and connect to the flood report form from the public computers.

Hours for the Henry Ford Centennial Library on June 29-July 1 are 2-6 p.m.

Hours for Esper Branch Library on June 29-July 1 are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Additional library hours will be available beginning Tuesday, July 6.

For flood response updates, as well as to view important information previously published, visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood response update as of 7 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021

Residents in the Tuesday trash district are reminded to remove their parked vehicles from the streets under Public Service Day rules to allow trash collection crews to reach flood-damaged materials more efficiently and clear the neighborhood.

Additional collection crews will return to the Tuesday district on Thursday to clean the area even further. So on Thursday, Tuesday district residents will also be required to remove their parked vehicles from the streets under the City's State of Emergency Order, or face tickets or towing. The City is not interested in ticketing, but wants to make sure trash collection crews can reach and remove the contaminated items as quickly as possible in service to residents.

Visit www.cityofdearborn.org for flood response updates and to view important information previously published.

Flood response update as of 6:15 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021

National Guard requested, volunteer group contacted

Under Mayor O'Reilly's leadership, the City continues to advocate for residents through all pathways. We have applied for assistance from the National Guard and the National

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) in order to help residents clear their basements of flood-damaged materials. We hope to have confirmation of their involvement soon.

Please visit www.cityofdearborn.org for flood response updates and to view important information previously published.

Flood response update as of 5 p.m. June 28, 2021

With the June 26 historic rainfall and subsequent flooding, questions have arisen about the City’s sewer system, and the CSO project and sewer separation project. Answers to common questions are offered here: https://tinyurl.com/7j2ytfbd

Flood update as of 3 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021

Revised flood reporting form on www.cityofdearborn.org

Residents are encouraged to report basement flooding and their estimated damages by visiting www.cityofdearborn.org
and clicking on the red bar on the home page.

Note that a revised, simplified form is now available. The revised form serves as statutory notice to the City of Dearborn for your losses. There is no need to fill out another claim form at this time.

Residents can also access the form by texting 313-635-3900, typing in FLOOD, and following the links.

The data gathered via the form also will assist Dearborn with its application for federal emergency relief efforts, which could ultimately help individual households.

Residents affected by the flood who do not have internet access can visit a Dearborn library and connect to the flood report form from the public computers.

Hours for the Henry Ford Centennial Library on June 29-July 1 are 2-6 p.m.

Hours for Esper Branch Library on June 29-July 1 are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Additional library hours will be available beginning Tuesday, July 6.

For flood response updates, as well as to view important information previously published, visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Flood response update as of 2:35 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021

Due to the significant amount of damage and contamination from the floods that took place on June 25 and 26, GFL, the city’s trash/recycling and yard waste contractor, will be comingling trash, recycling, and compost in the Tuesday and Thursday areas to increase the rate of pick up for the community. This means that crews will be collecting everything as trash. Any residents that want their recycling and compost separated as usual can remove those items from collection this week and put them back out once regular collection resumes. Crews will be working as quickly as they can to address the needs of the community. Thank you for your patience.

Flood response update as of 1 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021
 
City offering dry ice distribution at The Center
 
As of Monday, June 28 at 4 p.m., the City is offering dry ice distribution at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. for those impacted by the recent floods. About 2,000 pounds of dry ice will be available for pick up at the loading dock from 4-10 p.m. Proof of residency is required, and individuals must bring a cooler to store and transport the dry ice safely.
 
Flood response update as of 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021
The City of Dearborn Government has just been notified that free pet food will be offered to residents in need of help for their companion animals through a distribution on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 8 a.m. to noon at the MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center at 16121 Reckinger Road. This is initiative is hosted by the Michigan Humane Society in collaboration with Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit. It includes 6 pallets of cat and dog food.
 
Flood response update as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2021
Those affected by the flood are invited to participate in the Gleaners food distribution tomorrow, Tuesday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.
 
The Dearborn Police Department, Dearborn Recreation & Parks and the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center are partnering with Gleaners Food Bank. Please come to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center's south parking lot to gather grocery items.
 
Flood response update as of 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021

Any resident affected by flooding on Jun 25 and 26 who may still need access to a cooling shelter tonight can use the lobby at the Dearborn Police Department.

Flood response update 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021 (Some information has been removed that is no longer valid)

Under Mayor O'Reilly's direction, DPW crews are out picking up flood damaged materials from curbs, and ask that drivers move their parked vehicles from the street to allow for easier access to the significant amount of debris. DPW crews will be working 10 hour shifts seven days a week to serve residents impacted by the torrential rains that dropped more than 7.5 inches of precipitation. This latest effort led by Mayor O'Reilly is part of a comprehensive and coordinated response from all appropriate city departments, understanding the urgent need to assist residents in every way possible.

Flooding update as of 9 a.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021

Assessment teams visiting neighborhoods for initial damage report for FEMA, asking brief questions; dry ice offered till 5 p.m. at The Center

Teams of City employees are walking door to door in east and southeast Dearborn today, Sunday, June 27, 2021 to get an initial assessment of how many homes experienced flooding and a ballpark estimate of the damage at each home.

The teams will be asking very brief questions for this process and will not go inside homes. This very preliminary data will be used when the City initially applies for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance, and is not meant to be a comprehensive evaluation of damage, or a claims process for individual home owners. It is, however, an important step to the road to getting more resources for the community.

The City continues to help residents affected by power outages by offering free dry ice at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., which will be available until 5 p.m. today at the theater loading dock. Drive up, and bring a cooler for safe transport of the dry ice.

Residents who may still need emergency shelter or a cooling center can also visit The Center. No one needed the service on Saturday, and if that is the case again today, the shelter will be closed at 5 p.m.

Those affected by the flooding who are not visited by a preliminary assessment  team today are reminded that they can report their situation by calling 313-943-3030 or by filling out a form at www.cityofdearborn.org and clicking on the red banner on the home page.

Due to the severe flooding, City parks adjacent to the river and all pools are closed. All City-operated activities have been canceled, including the Motor City Brass Band performance scheduled for today, Sunday, June 27.

Flooding update as of 8:45 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021 (Some information has been removed that is no longer valid)

Residents have 45 days to submit a claim. State law dictates the outcome of claim requests, but residents are encouraged to submit a claim to protect their rights. It is recommended that damage be documented with photographs and videos.

There is also an informational survey the city is asking residents to complete as the process to assess the flooding in the city continues.

The emergency shelter at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 if residents do not need the facility. It will stay open if anyone arrives before 10 p.m. and can be reactivated if conditions change over the next few days.
 
Flooding update as of 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021 (Some information has been removed that is no longer valid)

Flooding response information given at press conference in Dearborn

Dearborn officials advised residents of important information regarding the flooding situation during a press conference on June 26, 2021 at 4 p.m. The press conference supplemented information that was provided continually throughout the day and will be constantly updated at www.cityofdearborn.org

Highlights of the press conference:

- Residents are asked to call 313-943-3030 to report flood damage. Gathering this data will expedite the city’s claims for state and federal emergency relief dollars for the community. - Callers are asked to be patient, due to the volume of calls.
- Residents should get their flood-damaged materials out of their house and on the curb as quickly as possible for sanitary reasons. Do not wait for your trash day. GFL, the city’s contractor, will be dedicating additional resources to picking up the materials, but it may take many days to collect it.
- Three hundred homes have reported flood damage, but that number is expected to rise, especially with additional rain predicted and the high water levels in the Rouge River. The river had not yet crested as of Saturday afternoon, meaning it could rise even higher. All residents are advised to remove valuable materials from their basement floor in case of additional flooding.
- Help your neighbors. With power outages, cell phone service disruptions and internet outages, not everyone is getting important information. Please check on the elderly especially. The - City cannot assist with removal of damaged items from inside homes. Community volunteering is appreciated.
- An investigation of the cause of the flooding will take place. It is known that more than 7.5 inches of rain fell in a short period in Dearborn on June 25/26. That compares to 5.8 inches of rain in August 2014, the last major catastrophic flooding event in the region. Dearborn’s facilities and pump stations worked as designed. (One pump station had to be cleared of roots, but that was done quickly.) Dearborn’s sewer and storm water system is designed to handle 3 inches of rain over a 24 hour period, and the storms were twice as heavy as that capacity.
- Streets flooded in order to prevent more basement backups, by design. Water in roads means less water in basements.
- Mayor O’Reilly declared a state of emergency on June 26, 2021. The City Council allocated $500,000 in emergency funding to handle flooding impacts. County, state and federal officials have been responsive to Dearborn and further emergency declarations are expected, which would bring additional resources to Dearborn to recover from the disaster.
- The press conference included Mayor John O’Reilly, Jr., Council President Susan Dabaja, Police Chief Ron Haddad, Fire Chief Joseph Murray, Property Maintenance and Development - Director Tim Hawkins, DPW Director Joseph Murray and City Engineer Yunus Patel.
- The city had been working overnight to address flooding issues with an “all hands on deck” approach across multiple departments.
- The press conference can still be viewed on the city’s Facebook page, which is city of Dearborn government
- Flooding update as of 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021
 
All residents are advised to remove items from their basement floors, as more rain is expected. It is thought that the Rouge River has not yet crested, and this could cause additional basement backups.
 
Please note that the phone number provided for residents to call and report flooding is being answered 24 hours a day, but due to high volumes of calls, you may get a busy signal.

Please be patient while they help other callers and try to call again later. This line is being answered by our police dispatch team.

Flooding update as of 4:15 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021

City offering dry ice distribution, emergency shelter at The Center; Residents advised to avoid traveling in Dearborn

As of Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 4 p.m., the City is offering dry ice distribution at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. for those impacted by the recent floods. Dry ice will be available for pick up at the loading dock until 10 p.m. Proof of residency is required, and individuals must bring a cooler to store and transport the dry ice safely.

The Center is also currently operating as an emergency shelter and cooling center for those without power.

The City is also advising that those who are able to stay home avoid traveling, as many city streets are dangerously flooded, with more rain expected.

Due to the severe flooding, the City parks adjacent to the river and all pools are closed. All City-operated activities have been canceled, including the Motor City Brass Band performance scheduled for Sunday, June 27.

Flood update as of 1:45 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021

The City is encouraging residents to call 313-943-3030 to report flooding at their homes.

The City is also operating an emergency shelter and cooling center at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (The Center), 15801 Michigan Ave. for those without power.

The City is also advising that those who are able to stay home avoid traveling, as many city streets are dangerously flooded, with more rain expected.

Residents affected by the flood may place items damaged from the water on the curb for the City’s trash provider, GFL, to pick up. GFL will begin removing flood-damaged items on Monday, June 28, and all items are expected to be picked up within seven days. 

Due to the severe flooding, the City parks adjacent to the river and all pools are closed. All City-operated activities have been canceled, including the Motor City Brass Band performance scheduled for Sunday, June 27.

The City expects to begin distributing dry ice later today, Saturday, June 26, for those impacted by the recent storm. To receive dry ice, residents must provide proof of residency and bring their own cooler to transport it safely. Details will come soon. 

The City has scheduled a press conference for 4 p.m. today to update the residents. It will be shown live on the city’s Facebook page, which is cityofdearborn

Those impacted by basement flooding are advised of the following before tackling cleanup:
• Make sure the power is off
• Wear protective gear including gloves and boots
• Try to have limit your contact with the water and wash immediately after
• Use disinfectant on all surfaces
• Get your flood damaged items to the curb as soon as possible for disposal.
 
GFL will begin collecting damaged items from the curb on Monday, June 28.
 
Flooding update as of 1:15 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021

City providing comprehensive response to June 25 storms

The City is working to have additional resources allocated, and is completely focused on assisting residents in any way possible.

Residents are asked to please only call 911 if there is an emergency response required.

Drinking water within the city is safe.

The Police Department and the Department of Public Works are on the streets and working as quickly as they can to help with stranded vehicles, roadways and flooding issues. Over 100 city vehicles have been in response mode since midnight, June 25.

Many freeways and roads have been flooded as a result of the heavy rain on June 25. If you are driving and see standing water, do not drive through it;. Individuals are advised to avoid going out.

The City offers vital safety tips to minimize the potential of injury to residents or damage to property.

Flooding

If you experience flooding in your residence, call the Dearborn Sewer Department to have it investigated at 313-943-2042 during normal operating hours. If it is after hours, please call 313-943-2100.

Steps to prepare for additional predicted heavy rain.

It is recommended that residents remove anything valuable or sentimental from their basements to avoid damage from flood water. Some tips to avoid basement flooding include:

Homes with interior drainage systems have a house trap under cleanout caps in the basement floor. If a house trap can get dirty or clogged, it can lead to basement flooding, it is recommended that residents ensure it is cleaned to assure the storm drainage system is functioning properly.

Residents should check all downspouts and make sure they have extensions to carry the water at least three feet from basement walls. Further away is better. Downspouts should not be connected to any pipes going into the ground.

Many freeways and roads have been flooded as a result of the heavy rain on June 25. Drivers should remain alert as many roadways have become impassable due to the flooding. Do not drive through high water. Drivers may lose control and get stuck. Individuals are advised to avoid going out if they are able.

Power Outages

The City is working closely with DTE to determine when power will be restored. If you are using a generator, follow safety instructions.

Flooding update as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021

With the tremendous rainfall leading to significant basement flooding and power outages, the City has been responding for hours with multiple departments to assist residents and bring additional resources. This is a developing situation, and all efforts are being deployed, and all pathways to help are being pursued on behalf of our residents. More than 100 trucks and many employees are working on trying to drain the flooding, which has dramatically affected east Dearborn neighborhoods north of Michigan Avenue and east of Greenfield. We will keep residents updated at this site and on the city’s website at www.cityofdearborn.org

It is expected there will be more news soon.

Flooding update as of 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021

Safety tips for residents to minimize flood damage following June 25 storms

As a result of the severe flooding and power outages in some areas caused by the heavy rain on June 25, the City recommends following a number of vital safety tips to minimize the potential of injury to residents or damage to property.

Flooding

The storms and floods have only affected sewer and sanitary water; drinking water within the city is safe.

Many freeways and roads have been flooded as a result of the heavy rain on June 25. Drivers should remain alert as many roadways have become impassable due to the flooding. If you are driving and see standing water, do not drive through it; drivers may lose control and get stuck. Individuals are advised to avoid going out if they are able.

Police Chief Ronald Haddad offers some additional tips for anyone who will be on the roads today:
• Check on any senior citizens you know that live alone
• Help someone power up their oxygen, if needed
• Be cautious around anything electrical, especially downed wires
• Stay calm

As more rain is expected in the following week, it is recommended that residents remove anything valuable or sentimental from their basements to avoid damage from flood water. Some tips to avoid basement flooding include:

Homes with interior drainage systems have a house trap under cleanout caps in the basement floor. If a house trap can get dirty or clogged, it can lead to basement flooding, it is recommended that residents ensure it is cleaned to assure the storm drainage system is functioning properly.

If time allows, residents should check all downspouts and make sure they have extensions to carry the water at least three feet from basement walls. Further away is better. Downspouts should not be connected to any pipes going into the ground.

The Dearborn Police Department and the City’s Department of Public Works are on the streets and working as quickly as they can to help with stranded vehicles, roadways and flooding issues.

Power Outages

Several power outages have been reported throughout the city. In the event of a power outage, the City recommends keeping flashlights with extra batteries, water and non-perishable food on-hand, and to make use of a back-up generator as necessary. Follow safety directions for generators.

The City is working closely with DTE to determine when power will be restored.

Residents are asked to please only call 911 if there is an emergency response required.

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