City of Midland Flooding Information updates & info related to current conditions - 2017

This page contains everything residents need to know in regards to the flooding event that occurred in Midland County, Michigan on June 22-23, 2017. Read below to find news releases from City and County governments, the State of Michigan, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as updated information on housing and other assistance for residents, frequently asked questions about the flooding event, and status updates on the progress for addressing flooding issues in the CIty of Midland. Check back daily for updates! (Newest information will appear at the top of the page.)

VIDEO: Registering with FEMA, SBA, and the Disaster Recovery Center

Watch the video below as we interview members from FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) for more information on how and why to register your damages, aid eligibility and the application process, and all of the services flooding victims can receive when they visit the Midland Disaster Recovery Center. Enjoy!

REMINDER: Talk to Local Officials Before Rebuilding

September 15, 2017

Michigan homeowners, landlords and business owners are reminded to check with local government building officials regarding permits before repairing or rebuilding a structure damaged by June storms and flooding.

Many building owners have already received disaster assistance grants, settled their insurance claims, or are preparing to dip into their savings to repair or rebuild their homes. Before beginning any work, state law requires you check with local officials to make sure that you have the proper permits. Repairs or rebuilding should not begin until issuance of appropriate permits.

Local governments keep track of construction activity in their areas. City inspectors make sure that the buildings being repaired or constructed meet the minimum requirements of the state building code, thereby providing safe buildings in their community.

Community building officials require you to meet current building code standards. If a home or business is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area - the 100 year flood plain - there are local ordinances that will affect how dwellings are repaired, renovated, or reconstructed. A community must enforce these regulations so that federally-backed flood insurance and most forms of disaster assistance continue to be available to local residents and property owners.

Upon final inspection of the completed project, a Certificate of Occupancy is issued to the project’s owner. At this point the building or structure is available to be used or occupied by the public. Be sure to keep receipts for materials used or contracted work.

Once the job is complete, the insurance company will inspect the property to verify work that was done. Permits that were issued will prove the work was done by an accredited contractor.

NEWS RELEASE: FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Hours Will Change Effective Immediately

September 12, 2017

Hours at the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Isabella and Midland counties will change effective immediately.

Hours will now be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Isabella County

4855 E. Bluegrass Road

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48858

Midland County

Carpenter Street School

1407 W. Carpenter St.

Midland, Mich. 48640

FEMA specialists are in the DRCs to answer your questions about how to register for federal disaster assistance, explain what’s happening with your application and give tips on how you can get help for damage your insurance doesn’t cover.

Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also in DRCs to provide information and answer questions about SBA low-interest disaster assistance loans to help homeowners, renters, businesses and certain private nonprofits recover.

The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Oct. 2, 2017.

NEWS RELEASE: City of Midland Issues Public Service Announcement Regarding Flood-Damaged Furnace

September 8, 2017

The City of Midland has issued a public service announcement to residents regarding the repair of furnaces damaged in the June 2017 flooding event.

The City of Midland has received several calls and questions concerning permits for the replacement or repair of furnaces that were damaged or destroyed during the recent flood event. Some callers have reported that contractors have advised them that repairs to furnaces are not permitted and a new furnace must therefore be installed. To clarify, there is no ordinance or code in place that would prohibit a furnace unit damaged in the June of 2017 flood from being repaired. No permit is required for such repairs.

Should a furnace require replacement, the State of Michigan Building Code does require residents to obtain a permit for that installation. The City encourages residents to contact a licensed contractor to assess their individual units to determine whether a repair or replacement is warranted.

Any questions related to building permits and regulations should be directed to the City Building Department at 989-837-3383.

NEWS RELEASE: FEMA Disaster Assistance to Individuals Is Not Treated As Income

September 7, 2017

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance grants do not count as income.

Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the June storms and flooding will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other disaster-related needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.

Disaster recovery grants will not affect any recipient’s eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, food stamps or Aid to Families with Dependent Children.

Anyone with questions can visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located in Isabella and Midland counties.

Isabella County

4855 E. Bluegrass Road

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Midland County

1407 W. Carpenter St.

Midland, MI 48640

Due to the large volume of calls to the FEMA Helpline, residents are encouraged to register for FEMA disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by using the FEMA App on their smart phone.

Michigan residents in the four declared counties of Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland are eligible for disaster assistance regardless of disasters occurring in other states.

The deadline to register for disaster assistance in Michigan is Oct. 2, 2017.

ASK FEMA: Frequently-Asked Questions Answered by a Top FEMA Official

Steven W. Johnson, Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA

The deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance is Oct. 2, 2017.

How to Apply:

You can call 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT, seven days a week. Or you can register at one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in Isabella and Midland counties, where a FEMA specialist will help you in person.

Help Available:

You may qualify for assistance if you had damage to your home, or for other disaster-caused expenses, such as medical, dental, essential household items, or your vehicle.

Disaster Recovery Centers:

The Disaster Recovery Center in Isabella County is at 4855 E. Bluegrass Road in Mt. Pleasant and in Midland County at 1407 W. Carpenter St. in Midland. FEMA and SBA specialists will answer your questions about the disaster and federal programs, help you complete paperwork, and give you advice and tips on rebuilding.

Documentation Needed:

• Social Security number

• Address where the damage occurred

• Current mailing address

• Current telephone number

• Insurance information

• Total household annual income

• Routing and account number for your checking or savings account

• A description of you disaster-caused damage and losses

NEWS RELEASE: SBA Approves Over $5 Million Disaster Loans in Michigan; Applications for Physical Damage Must be Submitted by Oct. 2, 2017

August 29, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that over $5 million in low-interest disaster loans have been approved for Michigan businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on June 22-27, 2017 in Michigan.

“Currently, 179 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $5,246,000 for affected survivors. The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away. Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. $3.1 million of that has been approved for Midland County residents.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe within Isabella County in Michigan, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Arenac, Clare, Gratiot, Mecosta, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Saginaw and Tuscola in Michigan.

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is May 2, 2018.

NEWS RELEASE: Free Legal Assistance Available for Michigan Flood Victims

August 23, 2017

A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available to victims of Michigan’s recently declared flood disaster in Midland, Isabella, Bay, and Gladwin Counties. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in flood-related matters, is a partnership between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, Lakeshore Legal Aid, and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan.

Flood victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-800-418-8315 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday and 9:00am and 3:00pm on Friday, to request assistance. When connected to the hotline, callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance, brief details of the assistance needed and in which county they are located. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Michigan lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal assistance.

The type of legal assistance available includes:

• Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster victims;

• Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims;

• Help with home repair contracts and contractors;

• Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster;

• Assistance in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures;

• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and

• Counseling on landlord-tenant problems.

Flood victims may also visit https://mi.freelegalanswers.org/ to receive free legal assistance online. Individuals who qualify for this service can ask a volunteer attorney questions online and receive a written response.

As Michiganders repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred June 22-27, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Midland County are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available at the following store:

Midland Gill-Roy’s Hardware

3128 S. Jefferson Avenue, Midland

Tuesday, August 22 - Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthening property can be found at https://www.fema.gov/protect-your-property.

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585, or going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or the smart phone FEMA App. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week. Michigan Speech to Speech Relay Services:

• English: 1-866-656-9826

• Spanish: 1-866-656-9827

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms and flooding between June 22 – 27, 2017, in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland counties.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326

Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

NEWS RELEASE: FEMA Determination Letters Must Be Read Carefully

August 22, 2017

It’s important for applicants to carefully read their determination letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

They may find there is an easy-to-resolve reason for being informed they are not eligible for disaster assistance.

A common reason for initially being ineligible for housing assistance is that an applicant needs to provide FEMA with a copy of an insurance determination letter before an application can be processed.

Other reasons for a determination of ineligibility include:

• The applicant did not sign the required documents.

• The applicant did not prove occupancy or ownership.

• The damage is to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence.

• Someone else in the household has also applied for and received help.

• A FEMA housing inspector cannot reach the applicant by phone.

• The applicant did not maintain the required flood insurance coverage for the damaged property.

Applicants who receive a determination of ineligibility letter can call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 to find out how to appeal this decision, submit any required documents or make changes to contact information. For those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

An applicant has the right to appeal a determination of ineligibility letter in writing within 60 days from the date shown on the letter. Guidelines for appeals can be found in the letter each applicant receives explaining FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.

Applicants may also visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), where specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can help with appeals, answer questions, review applications and accept required documents. A list of open DRCs is available online at fema.gov/drc.

Applicants have up to 12 months from the date they registered with FEMA to submit insurance information for review. FEMA cannot provide money to individuals or households for losses already covered by insurance, but uninsured losses may qualify for a grant.

Those who may not be eligible for FEMA assistance may be eligible for other programs, such as an SBA low-interest disaster loan or help from volunteer agencies.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326

Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

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UPDATE: City Reviewing Engineering Firms to Assist in Flood Study

August 21, 2017

Since receiving approval from City Council in July, City staff have been working diligently to find an engineering firm to assist in a study of the City's sanitary and storm sewer systems, as well as items that contribute to these systems (waterways, footing drains, etc.). This study hopes to provide more insight into the causes of overland and basement flooding felt during the June 2017 flood event and determine actionable ways to solve these issues and prevent future damage.

The City has received information from several engineering firms, and staff continue to review information, ask questions, and assess each firm's suitability as a partner for this study.

At this time, City staff anticipate that a decision and recommendation on the selected partnering firm will be announced at the City Council meeting on Monday, September 25.

To stay updated on upcoming City Council meetings, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/AgendaCenter.

Curious as to what the study will explore? Watch the video below for a refresher on the scope when it was first discussed in July. Still have questions? Scroll down the page to our Frequently Asked Questions section to get more information on what the study will cover, how future flood events may be prevented, and more.

NEWS RELEASE: Over $1 Million in SBA Disaster Aid Approved in Michigan

August 16, 2017

More than $1 million in low-interest disaster loans have been approved by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for survivors with losses resulting from severe storms and flooding on June 22-27, 2017 in Michigan.

“Currently, 46 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,306,200.00 for affected survivors. The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away. Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe within Isabella County in Michigan, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Arenac, Clare, Gratiot, Mecosta, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Saginaw and Tuscola in Michigan.

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

The SBA offers several ways to apply for a disaster loan: online application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; visit a recovery center for one-on-one assistance; or download an application from www.sba.gov/disaster. For information or to request application forms, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is May 2, 2018.

NEWS RELEASE: SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Michigan

August 11, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Midland County on Monday, Aug. 14 to help businesses affected by severe storms and flooding on June 22-27, 2017.

SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Center (BRC) can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application. The Center is located as indicated below and will operate until further notice.

United Way of Midland County

220 West Main Street, Conference Room 205

Midland, MI 48640

Opening: Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 a.m.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates are as low as 3.215 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 2, 2018.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster

NEWS RELEASE: FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Midland County to Provide Assistance

August 9, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center today, Wednesday, August 9, at noon to assist June 2017 flood victims with the registration process for federal disaster assistance.

Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance as well as provide information on low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.

The Disaster Recovery Center is located at Carpenter Street School, 1407 W. Carpenter Street in Midland. Parking is located at the rear of the building and is accessible from Hines Street. The center’s operating hours after today will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice. The center will be closed on Sundays.

It is not necessary to visit the center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, residents affected by the flood should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.

Residents can register one of the following ways:

• Register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

• Call 800-621-3362.

• TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

• Visit the Disaster Recovery Center (if no other options are available)

NEWS RELEASE: FEMA Teams Arrive in Midland County to Provide Assistance

August 8, 2017 | 2:50 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has arrived in Midland County to offer assistance and services to victims of the June 2017 flood. Teams are currently canvassing the area, going door-to-door to collect information and begin providing assistance to affected residents.

As a reminder, residents affected by the flooding event need to register with FEMA by October 2, 2017 to receive federal financial assistance. Please note that the Midland Flood Damage Information Form provided by the City of Midland or Midland County was not an application for federal aid and will not be used to administer federal disaster dollars, so residents who completed a local form after the flood still need to register with FEMA.

Residents can register one of the following ways:

• Register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

• Call 800-621-3362.

• TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

• Register in person at the Disaster Recovery Center. (Details, including the address and hours of operation of this center, will be provided as soon as it is available.)

Like all FEMA field personnel, these team members carry official identification. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information. These teams may offer residents the opportunity to use a tablet computer to register or may ask to enter information on the resident’s behalf; however, they will never require Michigan residents to provide personal information. Instead, residents may enter the information on their own devices using the above website or by calling the 800 number listed above.

NEWS RELEASE: President Approves Disaster Declaration, Individual Assistance for Flood Victims

August 2, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.

Today, President Donald Trump approved the State of Michigan’s request for a major disaster declaration after the June flooding event. Although firm details on the assistance programs have not been released at this time, this declaration provides federal funds for state and local governments to use both in current disaster recovery efforts and future improvements to reduce the risk of another disaster event. In addition, the declaration also offers individual assistance for residents in the impacted areas, including Midland County.

“We are incredibly excited to hear this news from President Trump,” says Midland County Emergency Management Coordinator Jenifier Boyer. “This declaration is a critical next step in helping our residents recover and rebuild after this event. We are still awaiting more details on how this decision will impact our recovery efforts, and we look forward to sharing more information with the community as it becomes available.”

Midland County residents impacted by the flood can register for individual assistance from FEMA by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at (800) 621-3362. Residents with a speech disability or hearing loss should call (800) 462-7585.

FLOOD FAQs: TOP QUESTIONS ASKED BY RESIDENTS

At the Midland City Council meeting held Monday, July 17, City Council received a report overviewing the City’s assessment of sanitary sewer backups and overland flooding that occurred on June 23. Several questions were posed to City Council and City staff during this meeting. Below, you’ll find a record of those questions as well as responses from City departments to provide insight.

Many of these responses reference a “study”. As you may recall, City Council approved for City Engineering staff to procure a consultant firm to perform an expert assessment of Midland’s sewer systems and the 2017 flooding event. You can view the meeting by clicking here.

ADDED 8/10 - Question: Denial Letter from FEMA

I registered for federal aid and received a letter from FEMA denying my request . Is this correct? Can I still get help?

Some residents may have previously received a denial letter from FEMA, so it's very important to read the letter closely for the reason. We are finding that in some cases, FEMA may just need additional information before the assistance can be approved; often, clarification is needed surrounding insurance coverage. If you have received a denial and need further information, please contact FEMA directly at 800-621-3362 or visit the Recovery Center at Carpenter School (1407 W. Carpenter Street). Staff can also help you with the appeal process after a denial if that is appropriate for the circumstances.

Question: Flooding on Higher Ground

During the recent flood event, my basement filled with water before Sturgeon Creek crested its banks and spilled into the corner of Sturgeon Creek Parkway and Moorland Dr. where I live. In conversation with neighbors, I learned that we all ended up with approximately the same amount of water in our basements even though they are on higher ground. What happened in our area that apparently didn’t happen to others in the City?

Many residents across the City experienced water in their basements that were not located next to creeks and rivers. This may have been due to the amount of saturation already in the ground, coupled with the amount of rainfall that was received in a relatively short period of time. (We experienced a 100-year level rain event on June 22-23.) However, the study from our chosen consulting firm will seek to address this question in greater detail.

Question: Other Forms of Flood Mitigation

Should there be a new retention pond (and possibly another Wastewater Treatment Plant) to the north or west of Midland?

Many residents have inquired about the need for additional spillways, berms, floodways, etc. in Midland. These are all issues that the consultant study will seek to evaluate.

Question: Any Additional Updates

Storm and sanitary sewer system improvements were identified and done in 2009 and 2013. Were there any other improvements that were identified but not yet done?

Following the completion of improvements that were identified after the 1996 flood, several areas were found where additional work could be done. Some of those improvements have since been made, including a sewer line installation on Swede Avenue and a Sugnet pump station; however, the remaining conceptual improvements were intended to be completed as funding was made available or when they could be coordinated with other major infrastructure improvements, such as road reconstruction in the specified areas. In any case, these conceptual improvements were designed to handle 25 to 50-year flooding events and would not have been designed to handle the June 2017 flooding event.

Question: Drainage Study

Will the study look at the drains?

As part of the consultant selection process, City staff is working to develop the scope of the upcoming study. We anticipate that the study will consider sanitary and storm sewer networks and open drains in its assessment.

Question: Other Emergency Alerts

Why didn’t we sound the emergency sirens?

Midland’s emergency sirens are intended to alert residents who are outside to potential outdoor dangers – such as tornado warnings or chemical releases – and to seek shelter indoors and to access a source of emergency alert information, including the toll-free 24- information line 1-888-TELLMORE, Midland County’s Nixle alert system, local media, and social media.

Emergency Services and Central Dispatch utilize the Nixle alert system to communicate emergency information to the community. This includes not only life-threatening emergency warnings, but other warnings such as potential flooding situations, traffic detours, threatening weather and others.

Residents can sign up to receive Nixle alerts via home or mobile phone calls, text messages, and/or email. You can learn more about Nixle and sign up to receive various alerts at www.nixle.com.

In addition, there are several digital options for residents to use for warnings and alerts. Citizens who use social media are encouraged to follow the Midland County 911 Facebook page for real-time updates on severe weather, emergency situations, and more. The U.S. Geological Survey also provides real-time updates and forecasts on its website, www.usgs.gov.

Residents who do not follow local or social media and/or who do not have a computer are encouraged to use a weather radio in their home to alert them of weather events. Central Dispatch encourages residents to be proactive about protecting themselves during severe weather and other emergency events by utilizing multiple methods to receive alerts.

Personal basement alarms placed along the floor of your basement can also be useful in alerting you to standing water that may have entered your basement through any number of sources. These alarms can even be set to alert you when you are not at home.

Question: Footing Drain Connections

What is the percentage of homes that do not have footing drain separation compared to all homes in the City?

According to a survey conducted in 1996, approximately 9,100 homes in Midland had footing drains connected to the sanitary sewer system. The City has approximately 16,000 residential homes. Assuming that none of those who were still connected in 1996 have disconnected, the percentage of homes remaining connected to the sanitary sewer system is approximately 57%; however, the upcoming study will seek to verify and update this information. Since 1987, City ordinance has prohibited newly-constructed homes from connecting footing drains to the sanitary sewer system.

If you own a home that was built after 1987, it is highly unlikely that your footing drain remains connected to the sanitary sewer system. If you are unsure how your footing drain connects to the City’s sewer systems, please contact the City Engineering Department at 989-837-3348.

Question: Disconnecting the Footing Drain

If I want to disconnect my footing drains from the sanitary sewer system, what do I do?

This process can be complex and may require acquiring permits and working with a licensed plumber. Each home’s requirement may differ based on age, location, structure, etc., so please contact the Engineering Department at 989-837-3348 for more information.

Question: Backflow Valves in Drains

Are backflow valves worthwhile to install in my home?

Backflow valves installed on the sanitary discharge pipe of your home are permitted and can be an effective solution to prevent sewage from entering your home due to a surcharged public sewer main. However, if you install one without disconnecting your footing drains from the sanitary sewer, you may still be at risk of backing up from your own water use activities and from your footing drain contributions. Always seek the advice from qualified professionals before implementing any changes to your plumbing.

Question: Study Consultants

What is the criteria for consultant selection?

The City is looking to find a reputable engineering firm with experience in municipal storm and sanitary sewer infrastructures and improvement programs. Institutional knowledge with the City of Midland is preferred, but not required. An ability to complete the designated task in an acceptable and timely manner, and at an acceptable price, is critical. The firm’s experience with footing drain separation programs will be evaluated.

Question: Pumping Stations

Where are the pumping stations pumping to?

All pumping stations throughout the City collect and push directly to the Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment.

Question: Sturgeon Creek

Sturgeon Creek has damming. Should it be cleaned up?

Open drains are maintained to remove over-growth and debris that could impede water flow. The City anticipates that the upcoming study will provide a clearer picture as to any additional maintenance that might be undertaken to improve water flow through our waterways. With significant events such as this one, rising creek levels were due to the creeks’ inability to discharge into the elevated Tittabawassee River.

Question: Sanford Dam

What impact did the opening of the Sanford Dam have on the citizens of Midland?

The Sanford Dam is routinely “opened”, or spilled, at night. Spilling the Sanford Dam causes river water upstream of Sanford Lake to pass through to Midland. The Sanford Dam is a federally-regulated structure and is not used as a flood control dam. Ideally, the operators of the dam pass river water through it in a similar manner as would happen if the dam was not there; however, as more water enters Sanford Lake from the north, the dam will need to release more water as well. The operators of the dam have certain protocols that they must follow to regulate the flow of the water leaving the lake. Unfortunately for Midland, these protocols have very little to do with controlling the flow of water that heads downstream to Midland. Emergency Services and Central Dispatch are notified when Sanford Dam begins spilling and when those spills increase and decrease.

Please remember: if Sanford Dam was not there, this water would still reach Midland and the river levels would be elevated.

Question: Power Outage near Sturgeon Creek

Why was there no forewarning of Consumers’ killing power for over two hours? Many citizens on sump pumps were impacted by backups when the power was cut. Why wasn’t more notice given to the impacted outage area to let citizens know about the planned power outage?

Many residents in the Sturgeon Creek area needed to be evacuated by boat. Turning off power to the area was necessary for the safety of both public rescue personnel and rescued residents to avoid the risk of electrocution. Once water rescues were complete, the power was restored as quickly as possible; however, due to the rapidly-rising flood waters and the uncertainty of water rescues, advanced notice was not possible in this life-threatening situation.

Question: Floods vs. Sewer Backups

What is the difference between floods and backups? Do they overlap and, if so, how?

A flood occurs when rising levels of surface water are not contained or conveyed within the water’s normal drainage path. A sewer backup occurs when water leaving a structure’s plumbing is restricted from entering the main sewer pipe located in the street. In extended wet conditions, the water is pushed back and enters the structure through “any way possible”, including drains and fixtures.

A flood and a sewer backup can occur at the same time. This is most prevalent in areas where open drainage courses are adjacent to developments where footing drains are connected to the sanitary sewer.

Question: Expansion in the City

Will the City’s expansion since 1986 be included in the study?

For the upcoming study, our consultant and City staff will use the previous 1996 study, which did include expansion from 1986 to 1996, as a baseline. The new study will update any previous data to include all new housing and commercial developments that have been built as well as additions or changes to the sanitary and storm systems.

Question: Sewage Pumping

Do we pump all of the sewage to the plant?

Yes, all sewage is pumped to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Bay City Road, where the flow is treated before being discharged back into the Tittabawassee River. For more information on the WWTP and how the process works, please visit http://cityofmidlandmi.gov/395/Wastewater-Treatment.

Question: Waldo Road Project

There is a project on Waldo Road between Ashman and Wheeler that includes water upgrades. How about sewer?

This question refers to the Waldo Road project, which was originally scheduled to be completed this year. This project’s scope included adding a large water line and reconstructing Waldo Road between Ashman and Wheeler Streets. City Engineering now recommends that this project be placed on hold until a review of the City’s entire system can be completed.

NEWS RELEASE: Long-Term Flood Recovery Committee Established to Address Resident Needs

July 26, 2017

Looking into the next phase of disaster relief, a collaborative recovery group has been established. The purpose of the Great Lakes Bay Long Term Recovery Group is to partner with faith-based organizations, volunteer and social agencies, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, business and individual volunteers who seek to address the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the individuals and families affected by the late June 2017 mid-Michigan flooding event.

Several subcommittees exist within this structure. A communications team will work in engaging community partners and residents in keeping them updated on the current workings of the larger committee and available resources. An intake committee has also been created to identify unmet needs with the community due to the recent flooding experienced by residents and direct any resources available to those unmet needs.

The committee encourages those affected by the flood to call 211 as your first local connection. This is a 24/7 information and referral service registering needs and connecting individuals to resources. For those that receive assistance from the State, there are “Emergency” resources available. On a national level, Midland is waiting on word from President Trump to see if federal assistance may be made available to residents and businesses.

The long term recovery group’s key point of contact is Jenifier Boyer, Midland County Emergency Management Coordinator. She can be reached at jboyer@co.midland.mi.us or 989-832-6750.

Partners of this collaboration include: American Red Cross, The Arc of Midland, Bay County Emergency Management, The Dow Chemical Company, First United Methodist Church-Midland, Gladwin County Emergency Management Office, Memorial Presbyterian Church - Midland, MI Community Service Commission, MI Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, MI State Police/ Emergency Management Homeland Security Division, Michigan VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) , Midland Area Community Foundation, Midland Area Homes, Midland County Department of Health and Human Services, Midland County Emergency Management Office, Midland Habitat for Humanity, Saginaw County Emergency Management Office, St. John’s Episcopal Church - Midland, The Salvation Army, United Methodist Church Disaster Recovery, United Way of Midland County, and 211 NE Michigan.

NEWS RELEASE: Community Donations Make Flood Relief Assistance Available for Midland County Residents

July 24, 2017

On Friday, June 23rd, Midland County experienced an historic rain event, which in turn caused widespread flooding across the community. This flooding has impacted many families and local businesses in a number of ways, leaving many residents without basic necessities or even access to their homes

Due to the overwhelming support of our neighbors and community partners, some help is now available for those who have been impacted by the recent flood – regardless of income. If you received damage to items such as water heaters, washing machines, clothes dryers, furnaces, or mattresses, you may receive assistance for replacing these items. Residents should dial 2-1-1 by Monday, July 31 to register for this assistance.

Midland County is hopeful to hear an announcement soon from President Trump about the availability of federal assistance programs following Governor Snyder’s request for assistance on Friday, July 21.

We are grateful to be part of a community where our residents help each other in times of need. Thank you to all who have made donations and volunteered their time thus far to assist in flood recovery efforts.

NEWS: Midland City Council Unanimously Approves Request for Consulting Assistance in Upgrading City Sewer Systems

Please note: The information relevant to the flood consultant request begins at the 20:48 mark in the video.

At the Monday, July 17 City Council meeting, City Engineer Brian McManus submitted a resolution asking for City Council's approval in seeking a consultant to assist in identifying upgrade options for the City's storm and sanitary sewer systems following the flooding event. The City Council unanimously passed the resolution 5-0, authorizing City Engineering to pursue outside consulting assistance to examine the City's sewer systems and provide suggestions for upgrades and action plans.

For next steps, City staff will conduct the search for a consultant and will update City Council on the recommendation of the chosen consultant and a preliminary scope of work at a council meeting in early September.

You can view the passed resolution by clicking here.

Gov. Rick Snyder Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration to Help Residents, Businesses after Mid-Michigan Flooding

July 21, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of the flash flooding that occurred in Bay, Isabella, Gladwin and Midland counties on June 22-23. The request comes at the conclusion of an in-depth assessment of damage to the area.

Snyder has requested supplementary federal aid in the form of Individual Assistance to help eligible residents because of the severity and magnitude of the flooding.

If federal aid is granted, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help people and businesses recover from the effects of the flooding. This request does not include assistance for costs incurred by state and local governments due to damage to public facilities and infrastructures.

“I’m proud of the way Michiganders have come together to help each other recover from this historic flood, and we’re looking at every resource available to help them rebuild,” Gov. Snyder said. “Community leaders, emergency managers, first responders, local officials and non-profit organizations have worked tirelessly to help their communities recover from the impacts of the flooding. Now, I’m asking the federal government for additional resources to assist even more with recovery efforts.”

Based on information provided by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, state leaders requested a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment with federal and local leaders to review and validate the most severely damaged homes, businesses, and public facilities across mid-Michigan.

The teams conducted their assessments from July 6-9. State officials reviewed the results and determined the extent of damage reached the level necessary to apply for federal help.

Snyder’s request will be reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will advise President Trump whether a disaster declaration should be granted. Ultimately, the President will determine whether to provide federal assistance.

Lt. Gov. Calley declared a “state of disaster” for Isabella and Midland counties on June 23. On June 28, Gov. Rick Snyder instructed the Michigan State Police to amend the “state of disaster” declaration to include two additional counties in mid-Michigan after severe weather and intense rain struck the counties resulting in widespread flooding damage. Along with Isabella and Midland counties, the amended disaster declaration included Bay and Gladwin counties.

NEWS RELEASE: Midland County Hopeful Federal Request will Result in Individual Assistance

July 21, 2017

Midland County is hopeful that today’s announcement from Governor Rick Snyder, which requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster for the State of Michigan following June’s severe flooding event, will result in federal aid to assist local residents in flood recovery efforts and costs.

Governor Snyder has requested supplementary federal aid in the form of Individual Assistance to help eligible residents because of the severity and magnitude of the flooding.

If federal aid is granted, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help people and businesses recover from the effects of the flooding. This request does not include assistance for costs incurred by state and local governments due to damage to public facilities and infrastructures.

“We are hopeful that individual households will be able to benefit from the funding request and that it will ease the burdens they have had to undertake as a result of flooding,” said Midland County Emergency Management Coordinator Jenifier Boyer, who also added that local governments were “disappointed that the request did not include assistance for costs incurred by state and local governments. Combined, the City’s and County’s costs for responding to this emergency and repairing local infrastructure could reach into the millions.” Boyer noted that, without assistance, the two government entities’ budgets will have to find a way to absorb these costs.

Boyer is hopeful that community leaders will continue to work with the State to identifying any assistance programs that could be made available to help offset costs to infrastructure repairs.

Weather Alert: Flood Watch in Effect for Midland County

July 12 @ 2:00 p.m. through July 13 @ 11:00 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a Flood Watch for a portion of southeast Michigan, including the following areas, Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, and Tuscola.

The watch is from 2pm today through Thursday morning due to thunderstorms containing very heavy rain that are forecast to move through the area after 11am this morning.

Additional periods of heavy rain will be possible tonight into early Thursday.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely within thunderstorm activity. Heavy rainfall may cause flooding issues within low-lying areas, river and stream basins, and in urban areas.

Please be advised: A FLOOD WATCH is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does *not* mean flooding will definitely occur, but only that it is possible given the forecast weather conditions and that you should be prepared to take action if a flood does occur. You can learn more about flood watches, warnings, and safety precautions at http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/watch_warning.shtml.

NEWS RELEASE: FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT UPDATE

July 10, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA):

Midland County is working with the Michigan State Police, FEMA and Small Business Administration to assess the damage from the June 22/23 floods. This information will help the State of Michigan decide whether we have enough damage to ask for federal assistance. We are looking at houses and businesses, but since we have already gathered a lot of this information, we don’t need to visit everyone.

If we do come out to you, we’ll ask about how you were impacted and what you need to recover. We don’t need to see everything right now though, because if there is a declaration, FEMA or SBA will send out an inspector who will do a more thorough inspection.

What residents and businesses need to do:

Please don’t wait to start the clean-up. While you do, make sure you take pictures and keep receipts which will help determine if you are eligible for federal assistance if there is a declaration. If you still need help cleaning up, call 2-1-1 and we will try to connect you with help that is available.

What’s next?

The State is currently completing their final report that will be sent to the Governor for review. If the Governor determines that there is enough information to request federal assistance, the Governor will request a Presidential Declaration. The same will be done at the federal level.

If there is a federal disaster, FEMA may offer grants and SBA may offer very low-interest loans to help people recover. Once these determinations have been announced, the State and County will be passing along the information to the residents of when, where, and how to apply for any programs that are made available.

NEWS RELEASE: State, Federal Agencies Team with Midland Local Government to Begin Flood Damage Assessments

July 5, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Midland County Emergency Management Office, in coordination with the State of Michigan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Local Government agencies, will be deploying damage assessment teams on Thursday, July 6th throughout the City and County of Midland.

Individuals on these teams will have proper identification and will be verifying the structural damages that residents have reported thus far to the City and County Offices. While specific times and areas have not been determined, teams will be going to areas that have the most significant levels of damages as well as those areas with large numbers of damage reports. If you are not home, don’t worry, the teams will be canvassing large areas and getting a big picture assessment of damages.

Teams will be deployed over the next few days and will be working 12-hour days to cover the needed areas. These teams will not be requesting payment or application information. These teams are follow up to the teams that the City sent out earlier today.

This part of the assessment process will help FEMA and the State determine if a formal request for federal assistance will be made. This and other determinations made, will be shared through future press releases by the City and County.

Residents are encouraged to safely clean their homes and document their losses (photos are great) and any expenses that they incur. If financial assistance programs are made available, information will be announced at a later date.

Information will be updated as it is available.

NEWS RELEASE: Flood Clean-Up Safety Reminders from Midland County Health Department

June 30, 2017 | 3:20 p.m.

With the recent flooding in Midland County and surrounding areas, it is especially important at this time to protect the health and safety of families. If there has been flooding or sewage backup in your home or business, it is likely that contamination has occurred.

Safety During Clean-Up

How to Clean Up

Walls, hard-surfaced floors, and many other household surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to five gallons of water. Wash all linens and clothing in hot water or dry clean them. For items that cannot be washed or dry cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, discard them. Steam clean or discard all carpeting. If there has been a backflow of sewage into the house, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up. Remove and discard contaminated household materials that cannot be disinfected, such as wall coverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall. Additional guidance is available from the Midland County Health Department at www.co.midland.mi.us/healthdepartment.

How to Avoid Illness

Always wash your hands with soap and water after participating in flood clean-up activities and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage. Waterproof durable gloves can help limit direct contact with contaminated items and provide an additional level of safety. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary.

Safe Food & Water

How to Make Sure Your Food is Safe

Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. For infants, use only pre-prepared canned baby formula that requires no added water, rather than powdered formulas prepared with treated water. Thawed food can usually be eaten or refrozen if it is still "refrigerator cold," or if it still contains ice crystals. To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any refrigerated or frozen food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

How to Make Sure Your Water is Safe

The City of Midland municipal water supply is considered safe and not affected by the flood. Flooded, private water wells should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to the Midland County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) or state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Safe drinking water includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. The MCDPH can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating drinking water in your area.

Environmental Hazards

How to Deal With Chemical Hazards

Be aware of potential chemical hazards you may encounter during flood recovery. Flood waters may have buried or moved hazardous chemical containers of solvents or other industrial chemicals from their normal storage places. If any propane tanks (whether 20-lb. tanks from a gas grill or household propane tanks) are discovered, do not attempt to move them yourself. These represent a very real danger of fire or explosion, and if any are found, police or fire departments or your State Fire Marshal's office should be contacted immediately. Car batteries, even those in flood water, may still contain an electrical charge and should be removed with extreme caution by using insulated gloves. Avoid coming in contact with any acid that may have spilled from a damaged car battery.

Mold Issues

Clean up and dry out the building as quickly as possible. Open doors and windows. Use fans to dry out the building. See the Center for Disease Control (CDC) fact sheet for drying out your house Re-entering Your Flooded Home for more information.

When in doubt, take it out!

Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold growth and should be removed from the home. Porous, non-cleanable items include carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, some clothing, leather, paper, wood, and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold may cause allergic reactions in some people.

To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. Homeowners may want to temporarily store items outside of the home until insurance claims can be filed. See recommendations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you wish to disinfect, refer to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) document, A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in Your Home.

If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix any water problem, such as leaks in roofs, walls, or plumbing. Controlling moisture in your home is the most critical factor for preventing mold growth.

To remove mold growth from hard surfaces, use commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water. Use a stiff brush on rough surface materials such as concrete.

If you choose to use bleach to remove mold:

• Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes

• Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.

• Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.

• If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guides titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings or A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.

• Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

• For more information on personal safety while cleaning up after a natural disaster, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/workers.html.

If you plan to be inside the impacted building for a while, or if you plan to clean up mold, you should buy an N95 mask at your local home supply store and wear it while in the building for breathing protection. Make certain that you follow instructions on the package for fitting the mask tightly to your face. If you go back into the building for a short time and are not cleaning up mold, you should not need to wear an N95 mask. Good ventilation and air flow can also reduce the need for breathing protection.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact a water damage restoration specialist or the Midland County Department of Public Health at: 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640 or 989-832-6679.

You may also visit the Midland County Health Department’s website or the Health Department’s Facebook page.

NEWS RELEASE: City Public Services Crews Continue Flood Collection Efforts

June 28, 2017 | 5:00 p.m.

The City of Midland’s Public Services crews continue to hit the streets this week to assist residents with removal of flood-damaged items during a special heavy item collection.

On Thursday, June 29, DPS crews will be collecting flood-damaged items from neighborhoods west of Perrine Road toward Dublin Avenue, north of US 10, and in the area bounded by Eastman Avenue, Wheeler Street, Jefferson Avenue, and Sugnet Road.

Citizens can follow along with DPS’ flood collection progress through the City’s flood collection map at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/floodcollection. The map will be updated each morning.

Regular refuse and recycling collection continues as scheduled during this time. Residents whose refuse or recycling were not collected on Friday, June 23 due to the flooding event should place their items at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30 to receive collection. Regular heavy item collection has been suspended at this time to allow for special flood-related item collection. Heavy item collection will resume once the flooding collection has concluded.

Residents are reminded that liquid or hazardous materials should not be put out for collection. These items must be disposed of via the Hazardous Waste Collection Program through the Midland County Health Department. For more information on this program and what qualifies as hazardous waste, please visit https://co.midland.mi.us/HealthDepartment/EnvironmentalHealthServices/HouseholdHazardousWasteEWaste.aspx. Latex paint can be dried out with sand or cat litter and set out next to refuse on your weekly collection day.

For flood-related information, City services updates, and more, visit the City website at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov or follow the City of Midland’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofmidlandmi.

Photo credit: Courtney Wheaton

NEWS RELEASE: Disaster Relief Fund, Resource Center Opening for Flood Victims

June 28, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.

The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) and United Way of Midland County have jointly established a Disaster Relief Fund, just days after Midland experienced its worst flooding in decades.

Up to $75,000 has been approved by foundation trustees, and community members are being asked to donate to the fund at www.midlandfoundation.org. United Way is coordinating volunteer efforts with the American Red Cross. Interested volunteers can sign up online at https://eportal.unitedwaymidland.org/flood.

“Both United Way and the community foundation are concerned with those suffering damages and loss due to flooding,” said Sharon Mortensen, MACF President & CEO. “We wanted to establish a fund so help can quickly get to those impacted. To that end, a Disaster Relief Fund was opened at the foundation, and both agencies are utilizing their skills and resources to help those in need.”

“We’re estimating 3,000 homes have some kind of damage,” said Ann Fillmore, United Way of Midland County Executive Director. “We know that 50 homes were completely destroyed, and over 250 are unlivable. Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors in need, and we want you to know that we’re here to help.”

A multi-agency relief center is being established at the Midland County ESA building, located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Department of Health & Human Services and others will be on hand to provide assistance.

Gift cards and other assistance will be available to affected households at the ESA building on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10AM – 7PM, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with plans to reopen on Wednesday, July 5th. Food distribution trucks provided by Hidden Harvest will be available at ESA on Wednesday at 10AM, as well as West Midland Family Center at 2 p.m.

UPDATE TO PREVIOUS NEWS RELEASE: Beware of Scammers Posing as FEMA Representatives

June 27, 2017 | 3:50 p.m.

We have received some additional information regarding the earlier Scam Alert post.

SERVPRO has contacted us and have advised they are in the area and are reaching out to the community affected by the flood to see if anyone is interested in their services. SERVPRO employees drive green vehicles that are marked SERVPRO, they have ID and business cards, they will NOT represent themselves as being from FEMA and have provided the below number to call if anyone is interested in their services or need to verify employment. Their storm team verification number is 877-818-7127.

Residents should continue to be advised of a local scam involving individuals posing as FEMA representatives who are going door to door, handing out SERVPRO cards and asking for money.

FEMA representatives are NOT in the community yet to assess local damages. FEMA representatives will NEVER ask for money.

If and when FEMA visits the community, announcements will be made through local media.

If a situation seems suspicious, please report it to the Midland Police Department at 989-631-5716.

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UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: City Services Update

June 26, 2017 | 5:00 p.m.

As last week’s flooding event begins to recede, the City wishes to update residents on a number of City services that have been impacted.

The City’s Public Services crews are currently conducting special heavy item collection to dispose of flood-damaged items. Crews will be focusing first on the hardest-hit areas, including the neighborhoods bounded by Dublin Avenue, Wackerly Street, Eastman Avenue, and Saginaw Road, before proceeding on to other areas of the city. Repeat special collection trips will be made as demand and schedules allow. Regular refuse and recycling collection will continue as scheduled during this time. If you did not

To assist City residents and DPS crews with clean-up, the Sanitary Landfill has extended its hours of operation until 9 p.m. through Saturday, July 1 to accommodate DPS trucks. The Landfill will also accept flood-related refuse free of charge from city and county residents.

The main level and mezzanine of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library are currently open to the public during the library’s regular hours; however, due to flood damage to the lower level, Youth Services, the Community Room, and MCTV are not accessible to the public at this time. All summer reading programs will continue as normal. For an update on youth services programs, call the library at 837-3430 or visit the reference desk. MCTV access users and producers can contact MCTV at 837-3474. Programming on MCTV and MGTV will continue as scheduled; however, temporary outages may occur over the next several weeks.

Residents and businesses who have incurred damage as a result of the flood should report their information to the City and Midland County via an online form at http://bit.ly/floodform2017. This data collection process is important to assist local government in applying for state and/or federal emergency aid. Residents without computer access can visit the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library to use a computer or visit City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to fill out a paper form.

Citizens are reminded not to call 911 with non-emergency related questions or requests. For road closure information, please visit www.midland911.org.

For flood-related information, City services updates, and more, visit the City website at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov or follow the City of Midland’s Facebook page.

NEWS RELEASE: SPECIAL COLLECTION NOTICE FOR FLOOD-DAMAGED ITEMS | June 25, 2017

Due to recent events, the City has temporarily suspended heavy item collection and instead will be providing a City-wide special collection of heavy items in response to the flooding event beginning Monday, June 26.

After water has subsided from your home and SAFE access can be made to the impacted areas, you can remove flood damaged items and place them at the curb for disposal.

DPS will begin special heavy-item pickup service in the areas that were determined hardest hit by the storm and rotate to other areas based on storm impact. Return visits will be made to neighborhoods as demand exists and scheduling permits.

Please note that all flood-damaged items should be considered contaminated and unsafe for use. We STRONGLY discourage scavenging items that have been placed to the curb for disposal.

For streets where flooding has not receded adequately to allow heavy item pickup to be provided now, these streets will be collected as access becomes available.

The City will do its best to provide refuse and recycling collection as scheduled to areas that are accessible. If a street is not accessible due to flooding, service will be provided the following week on the normal collection day.

LIBRARY UPDATE: 8:30 P.M., 6/25:

The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has endured extensive damage to its lower level due to flooding of Snake Creek during this flood event. However, we are ECSTATIC to report that the main level and the mezzanine of Grace A. Dow Memorial Library will be open to the public tomorrow for regular hours (9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) MCTV, Youth Services, and the Community Room will be closed. There will be limited youth activities, but all summer reading programs will go on as planned. For more info on where things will be relocated,visit the reference desk or call the library at 989-837-3430.

Although it may seem like fun, PLEASE DO NOT swim in, boat, canoe, kayak, or otherwise enter flood waters. Water,as well as any debris or contaminants in it, can be highly unpredictable and dangerous.

UPDATE: 8:40 P.M., 6/24

The National Weather Service has declared that the Tittabawassee River has crested at 32.1’ at 6:00pm today. This means that the river has reached its highest point during a flood event and should begin to recede.

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: June 24, 2017 | 11:30 a.m.

Tittabawassee River levels continue to rise and currently reported at 31.5’. Those persons living on or near Midland County waterways are encouraged to continue to monitor local media and rising river levels and take necessary precautions to prepare for continued overland flooding.

East bound Saginaw Rd. from Perrine to Drake has now been closed. Some streets and roadways have reopened, including US-10 and Joe Mann Boulevard. Please visit www.midland911.org for a full list of roadways affected by flooding and plan your travels accordingly.

MidMichigan Health’s Urgent Care location at 3009 N. Saginaw Road is currently closed.

Sanford Lake Park is open; however, the beach is closed.

Many streets remain flooded and impassable. In some instances the road has washed away beneath the flood waters. Do not drive through flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades. Proceed with extreme caution and never drive through standing water.

Red Cross has opened a shelter at the West Midland Family Center, located at 4011 W. Isabella Road. Please note that animals are not allowed inside the shelter. Arrangements for pets can be made by contacting the Humane Society at 989-274-5066.

For Saturday, June 24, City of Midland Dial-A-Ride will provide service for passengers who have already scheduled rides. No new rides will be accepted. Dial-A-Ride Dispatch will be unavailable.

If you are in danger due to flooding, please call 911; otherwise do not call 911 to report flooding in your basement.

Midland County residents wishing to report flood damage should call the Midland County Public Information Office at 989-633-1014 or your Township Supervisor.

City of Midland residents experiencing basement flooding please call 989-837-3500.

If you have water in your basement:

Stay out of the basement and do not try to pump out water. Keep the pressure equal between the ground and the basement so the walls don’t cave in or cause your floor to pop up. Allow water go down on its own after the event. If the water is coming up through the floor drain, it will go back down.

The water is likely contaminated therefore use good hygiene if you touch the water.

Leave your wet/damaged items in the basement until the event is over and water subsides.

For insurance purposes you will likely want to document your damage using photos and video.

The City will do a special curbside collection for debris next week with more details to follow.

If you are concerned with electrical issues, please note the following:

If your breaker is upstairs and you can turn it off safely yourself, do that;

Do not go into your basement to shut off your electricity. Call Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050, who will shut your electricity outside your house if needed.

For information on emergency food safety and flood cleanup please visit the Midland County’s web site at www.co.midland.mi.us/healthdepartment.

Please continue to monitor flooding and street closures via the following resources:

www.midland911.org, Midland County 911 Emergency Services and City of Midland Facebook pages, call 2-1-1 and/or sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com, www.co.midland.mi.us or County of Midland Facebook page.

UPDATE: 4:15 P.M., 6/23

If you have experienced a flooded basement, DO NOT call 911 Central Dispatch unless you are experiencing a medical or structural emergency. If you need to report basement flooding damage due to storm sewer backups, please do so next week by calling the City Wastewater Treatment Plant at 989-837-3500. Central Dispatch is overwhelmed with flood-related emergencies and will only be able to take down your basement flooding information and have City Wastewater call you back on Monday. Please let Central Dispatch do their job in assisting others with medical or structural emergencies.

DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRIERS THAT HAVE CLOSED FLOODED ROADS.

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: June 23, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.

Even though the rains appear to have ended for the time being, the full effects of river flooding have not yet been recognized. Those persons living on or near Midland County waterways are encouraged to continue to monitor local media and rising river levels and take necessary precautions to prepare for continued overland flooding. The National Weather Service continues to project that the Tittabawassee River will crest at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 at 31.5 feet. For comparison, the flood of 1986 recorded a river crest of 34 feet.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, the Tittabawassee River was recorded at 25 feet and rising.

Flooding at Sturgeon Creek has closed US-10 between Eastman Avenue and Stark Road. Residents on streets between Sturgeon Street and Sturgeon Creek Parkway are being asked to evacuate for fear that flooding will soon prevent exit from this area. Business 10 is open and available along with Saginaw Road. Business 10 is open and available along with Saginaw Road.

Please visit www.midland911.org for a full list of roadways affected by flooding and plan your travels accordingly.

Many Midland County roads and bridges have washed out, so residents are encouraged to visit www.midland911.org to see a full list of road closures and to plan an alternate route if needed.

Based on past experience, it is anticipated the following areas will be affected as the river continues to rise:

24’ FLOOD STAGE:

• Currie Parkway Bridge anticipated to close;

• Flooding begins at Emerson Park, Currie Golf Course, Currie Parkway, and on Towsley, Benson, and River Streets;

• Flooding begins at Tittabawassee River Rd. west of Green Rd.;

• Residents at Pine Grove and Bent Oak Drives should prepare for flooding.

25.0’

• Poseyville Road near Putnam Bridge becomes restricted.

26.0’

• Poseyville Road near Putnam Bridge floods and closes.

27.0’

• Sturgeon Creek begins to flood.

• Parking lots at foot of Ashman Street begin to flood.

28.0’

• Sturgeon Creek at Valley Drive begin to flood.

29.0’

• Sugnet Road and part of Cook Road flood at Sturgeon Creek.

30.0’

• Valley Drive floods

• W. Main Street floods to Sugnet Road and at Dow High School

• Tittabawassee River Road floods at Northwood University

31.0’

• Sturgeon Creek Parkway floods north of Saginaw Road.;

• Flooding begins at St. Mary’s Drive;

• Marvo Court floods;

• Sugnet Road floods from east of Valley Dr to W Main Street;

• Sturgeon Ave. floods north of Saginaw Road.

32.0’

• Perrine Road floods at Inman Drain;

• Flooding begins at west end of Haskin Drive;

• West end of Emerson Park Dr. Floods;

• W. Sugnet Road floods at Snake Creek and east end of Pfeiffer Court floods;

• Gibson Street, Joanne Street, Valorie Lane, and Belmont Street floods;

• South end of Nurmi Drive floods

Many streets remain flooded and impassable. In some instances, the road has washed away beneath the flood waters. Do not drive through flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades. Proceed with extreme caution and never drive through standing water.

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UPDATE 10:55 a.m., 6/23

Many roads are closed or restricted at this time. For the most current road closure info, please visit our GIS map at http://bit.ly/flooding623.

UPDATE: 10:17 a.m., 6/23:

We're receiving many calls from residents with flooded basements or homes. We cannot do anything to alleviate flooding at individual homes until AFTER the flood event is over, but we are taking information from residents who have experienced damage. Please contact the Water Department at 837-3341 or DPS at 837-6900 to provide this info. This applies to CITY OF MIDLAND RESIDENTS ONLY. If you are in danger due to flooding, please call 911.

UPDATE: 9:52 a.m., 6/23:

For City of Midland homes on the storm and sanitary system, both the sanitary storm sewer system are FULL. The fullness of the system has caused major street flooding and some homes to experience basement flooding. If you have water in your basement, please stay out of the basement and do not try to pump out water. Keep the pressure equal between the ground and the basement so the walls don’t cave in or cause your floor to pop up. Allow water go down on its own after the event. If the water is coming up through the floor drain, it WILL go back down. There is likely some sewage in the water, so use good hygiene if you touch the water. Leave your wet/damaged items in the basement until the event is over and water subsides.

Stay out of the water – do NOT walk into the water for any reason. If you are concerned with electrical issues, please note the following:

If your breaker is upstairs and you can turn it off safely yourself, do that;

Do NOT go into your basement to shut off your electricity. Call Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050, who will shut your electricity outside your house if needed.

The City will do a special curbside collection for your debris after the event has concluded. For City of Midland residents with basement flooding, contact the Wastewater Plant next week AFTER the event has concluded (989) 837-3500.

UPDATE: WHAT DO I DO IF MY BASEMENT IS FLOODING?

The City informs residents that we are experiencing sewer overflows throughout the city due to heavy rain received in the last 24 hours. Please note that the sewers are full but are functioning correctly. There is no estimate of the amount of overflow at this time; however, residents are reminded of the following:

• Stay out of your basement.

• Do not try to pump the water out. Keep the pressure equal between the ground and the basement to avoid caving or floor movement.

• Let the water go down on its own after the event. If water is coming up through the floor drain, it will go back down.

• Stay out of the water. Do not walk into the water for any reason.

• Use good hygiene if you touch water, as there is likely some sewage in it.

• If you are concerned with electrical issues please note the following: If your breaker is upstairs and you can turn it off safely yourself, do so. Do NOT go into your basement to shut off your electricity. If needed, call Consumers Energy at (800) 477-5050 to shut your electricity outside your house if needed.

City of Midland News Release: Notice of Sanitary Sewer Overview, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017 – The City of Midland Wastewater Plant has notified the public of sanitary sewer overflow events throughout the City due to recent heavy rainfall and flooding in the area. The City’s storm sewer system is full, but operating properly.

Multiple sewer overflows have been recorded in the City; however, the total volume of the event is not known as this time. Crews are working to remediate the issue as much as possible. More information will be provided when known.

For updated information on current flooding conditions, please visit the City of Midland Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofmidlandmi or Twitter @CityofMidlandMI, or visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov.

Please DO NOT drive around barricades and "Road Closed" signs. The barricades DO apply to you! The barricades mean the roadway is unsafe. Several motorists have become stranded this morning thinking they could manage the flooded street and the barricaded roadway; however, wash outs are forming on the roads under the flood waters. When you drive around a barricade and become stranded, police and fire personnel have come save you instead of tending to emergency situations caused by the flooding. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES - FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES TO FLOODED STREETS!

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: JUNE 23, 2017 | 6:50 A.M.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Midland County.

As of 6:30 a.m. Friday, the Tittabawasee River, level is 20.01 feet and rising.

Many streets are flooded and impassable. In some instances sinkholes have formed and the road has washed away under the standing water. Do not drive through flooded areas. If you must travel, please watch for standing water over many streets throughout the City of Midland and Midland County. Proceed with extreme caution and never drive through standing water.

The following roadways have been reported as closed due to standing water:

• Joe Mann Boulevard between Jefferson and Eastman

• Eastman at Sylvan

• Waldo – Ashman and Wheeler

• St. Andrews by the Library

• Main at Orchard

• Swede at Ashman

• Eastlawn at Swede

• Waldo at Fuller

• Dublin at Saginaw

• Sturgeon at Walden Woods

• Eastman at Wackerly

• Eastman at Sugnet

• Noeske and Elgin

• US-10 and Shaffer

• Short / 9 Mile

• Stark/Bombay

• Water / Curtis

• W. River Road / Burns

• Coleman / Salt River

• 7 Mile / Cole

• Shaffer / MidBayCounty

• Lewis /Isabella

• Prarie/Castor

• 8 Mile/Chippewa

• Baker/Dublin

• Sturgeon/Bombay

• Sturgeon/Shaffer

• 509 Broadhead

• Meridian/Ashby

Residents are advised to obey all road closure signs and to stay clear of standing water, flooded areas and floating debris. Do not attempt to drive or walk through any standing water. Residents should take extra precaution where electrical items may be submerged.

Citizens should closely monitor flooding conditions especially with additional rain in the forecast which will likely contribute to additional flooding.

Please continue to monitor flooding and street closures via the following resources:

www.midland911.org

• Midland County 911 Emergency Services and City of Midland Facebook pages

• Call 2-1-1 and/or

• sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com

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