Flood Damage: Information & Resources

published by: published by: Homeland Security & Emergency Management on 8/12/2014

applying to FEMA for flood assistance

Gov. Rick Snyders request for a major disaster declaration has been approved by President Barack Obama. This opens the door for individual assistance (people) and public assistance (government), as well as statewide hazard mitigation assistance.

Effective immediately, people who need assistance can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to recover from the effects of the flooding.

Disaster survivors and business owners must register for assistance online at: http://www.disasterassistance.gov, via smartphone here or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

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Wayne County / City of Detroit RSS sites

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Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Fact Sheet

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Asbestos Floor Tile Removal

The flooding of August 11, 2014 resulted in damaged or lost items for many homeowners in Wayne County. In addition to lost personal items, the flooding damaged basements. Some homeowners may need to remove floor tiles from their flooded and/or damaged basements that may contain asbestos.

In an effort to prevent exposure to possible harmful asbestos fibers, the Wayne County Department of Public Health, in conjunction with its Environmental Health Section, is urging citizens to use extreme caution when considering the removal of asbestos exposed floor tiles from flooded basements.

The State of Michigan through its Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Science and Services Division, offers a comprehensive background document on asbestos. The document is accessible online at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-ead-caap-asbestos_312899_7.pdf.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health created a document specifically pertaining to floor tile removal and asbestos exposure. The article can be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/asbestos/floortile/.

Wayne County to open two new Flood Resource Centers

DETROIT, MI - Wayne County, in partnership with the State of Michigan and local support agencies, will be opening two additional Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) next week. The two MARCs will be open in Dearborn Heights on Monday, August 25 and Ecorse on Tuesday, August 26 from 11 am until 7 pm.

The purpose of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) is to provide a one-stop-shop for citizens to ask questions, gather information and find help that will assist in moving forward in their recovery efforts. Federal disaster relief aid/funding will not be distributed at the MARCs.

In addition to the Wayne County Department of Public Health, representatives will be present from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the State Bureau of Insurance as well as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other local support agencies.

The location and schedule is as follows; it is walk-in and no appointment is necessary

Assistance will be available on the following days and locations

Monday, August 25,
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Richard A. Young Recreation Center
5400 McKinley
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125.

Tuesday, August 26
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Board of Education Office/Kennedy School
27225 West Outer Drive
Ecorse, MI 48229.

2-1-1 Recovery Coordination Center and the Flood Cleanup Assistance Intake Form

The Michigan Community Service Commission is coordinating volunteers to provide clean-up assistance to those still in need from the floods. If you need assistance in removing flood-affected belongings, mud, sand, or floodwater, gutting flood-affected walls (drywall/paneling) or disinfecting your house, volunteer organizations may be able to provide volunteers to assist in clean-up efforts.

To request volunteer help, you have two options:
1) Call 2-1-1 and Press 1
2) Fill out the online Flood Cleanup Assistance Form here.

There is no set timeline or guarantee for assistance, but volunteers are being mobilized to help those in the greatest need as quickly as possible.

August 11, 2014 Flood status update:

Wayne County has provided initial information to the State of Michigan, as is required in disaster declarations. The state will then compile the data gathered from the county and across the region, and submit it to federal authorities. It is hoped the damage assessment information will help get federal aid from FEMA and other agencies to assist with ongoing cleanup and restoration efforts.

What to do if you have flood damage:

Wayne County is currently conducting preliminary damage assessments with the State of Michigan and the Federal Government. If you experienced damage as a result of the storms on August 11 please follow the below steps:
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim
  • File a claim with your local municipality
  • Take pictures that capture the damage
  • Save receipts documenting any expenses incurred

Upon completion of preliminary damage assessments, Wayne County will be in communication with each municipality that reports that their residents experienced damages.

Reporting Flood Damage

To report flood damages experienced as a result of the August 11, 2014 storm, please complete and submit the Damage and Assessment Report Form found below to your municipality's Assessors office located in city or township hall.

Damage Assessment Report Form

Notice Requirements for Flooding Event

State of Michigan news releases regarding the August 11, 2014 flood:

Safe tips for cleaning flooded basements and structures:

  • Never turn power on or off or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.
  • When cleaning, never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything that the power lines might be touching.

**Call 211 for additional assistance as needed**

Public Health Flooding Advisory Guidelines

Full list of tips

More Resources

As a result of the August 11 flood, many Wayne County residents have reported that they are dealing with mold. Below you will find a few resources related to cleaning and dealing with mold.

Steps for Cleaning Mold

Bleach Fact Sheet

For more information from the State of Michigan, visit their mold webpage here.

If you have questions, call the Environmental Health Division of the Wayne County Department of Public Health
at (734) 727-7400.

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