Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for Dearborn Heights

Dearborn Heights is hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) Monday, August 25. It will be held at the Richard A. Young Recreation Center (5400 McKinley Street)  from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

These centers, operated in conjunction with Wayne County Emergency Management, several State of Michigan Agencies, selected volunteer organizations and the City of Dearborn Heights, provide “one stop shopping” for citizens who were affected by the flooding and are seeking information and/or assistance.

Following Monday’s Dearborn Heights MARC, a second one will open on Tuesday in Ecorse at the Kennedy School Gym at 27225 W. Outer Drive. Residents are welcome to attend the MARC’s at either location.


Robert A. (Bob) Ankrapp, PEM
Emergency Manager & Public Information Officer
City of Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Tel: (313) 277-7405
Cell: (734) 751-5925


Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting.


Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association 8-21-2014 Meeting Janet Badalow gave out some very valuable information for filing a claim with the City, FEMA or your homeowners insurance there was over 200 in attendance.  Many with pen and paper taking notes writing down numbers and listening to every word. Yes hungry for information because there has been such a lack of it coming from the City.  More than one person talked about that. The Mayor was in attendance and no the City never gave the association the Claim forms for people to fill out… I tried my best to tone him out as he spewed his nonsense about the lawyers had to put it together… If our lawyers haven’t put a claim form together in 10 days they need to be fired. Dearborn had a claim for on their website up the next day. Dearborn has all ordnance officers working going door to door , the police are going door to door in dearborn asking if people flooded and taking photos of the damage. Yep just like our City  (NOT) Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton was there the only council member in attendance… I did hear that councilman Berry lost his home due to the flood I’m very sorry to hear that.









A place that the Mayor and the Council could have taken the opportunity  to show the Residents of this City they give a Damn and they didn’t. Not one person that I was watching while the Mayor was explaining why they didn’t put the claim form online was buying what he said… If he had any feelings for the people in that room he would have at least brought it with him. He didn’t. At least this time he showed up without his armed police officers so thanks for that.  The talk in the room was the lack of social media, lack of communication with the residents, lack of information. Another words the Lack of having a City in the 21st century. Maybe if Council members would have bothered to be at the meeting they could have heard first hand people saying why can’t we go to the city website and print up the form and mail it in ourselves. Why doesn’t the city have any way to communicate with us. Several people were talking about Nixle and why doesn’t the City offer that. Why not in our City? Was the main question asked and talked about by many in attendance. Of course, there was the question of when will the City once and for all take care of this problem. One man standing up with photos dating back over 10 years of flood damage to his home. It was a wonderful meeting. If you haven’t called to get your flood claim form please call the Mayors office on Monday.  (313) 791-3490 you can find the SWDHNA on Facebook #flood2014drbnhgts IMG_1116.JPG


The Mayor has A Facebook Page…

While the City may not have a Facebook Page the Mayor does right here. He doesn’t go there that’s obvious why would he?  He doesn’t just have one twitter account he has two one under Mayor Dan Paletko  off to the left there’s a box to tweet the Mayor because his tweets are private. If you don’t like that twitter try this one  Neither one is used from what I can see and the last one looks like it was created just for his re-election campaign.


Flood Meeting Tonight…

For More Information contact:

Carol Stuart, President

Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association

Tel:  313-649-7899

fb:  Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association


            Last week’s flooding event in South East Michigan has again devastated residents in Dearborn Heights leaving them with flooded homes, mounting trash, and little communication from the City.

Over 1,000 residents have called the City of Dearborn Heights to obtain information regarding filing a claim for damages.  As of today, claim forms have not been made available to residents.

            The Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood association has reached out to affected residents in Dearborn Heights by inviting them to an informational meeting being held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at the Donovan VFW Post 7910 located at 25620 Van Born Rd., Dearborn Heights, MI 48125.  Flooding claims, reporting, and prevention will be topics of discussion.  All who were affected by the flood are welcome to attend.

            In order to accommodate the media and any disabled attendees, those persons are being asked to RSVP by calling or emailing prior to 4pm.



What? What did You Say? Crime Mapping is Here in Dearborn Heights

Oh No It’s The Technology Boogy…

Creeping into Dearborn Heights YESSSSS. Dearborn Heights is now on Crime Mapping.  click on the link. After you get to the site you will see a map of the United States click on Michigan. Then click on Dearborn Heights if you want to see whats around your home type in your address.  Who ever is responsible for this here in the City and No it’s not the Council that I’m aware of must be the police department I would guess. Whom ever it is thank you, some more please.

Is It Just Plain Old Stubbornness Standing in The Way of Progress?

From Councilwoman Horvath,


The City had 35 trucks out through Saturday. They don’t work on Sunday so I am told. They will be back out tomorrow and until everything is cleaned up. It may take a while but it will get done. I was down at the South- end today. The devastation is unbelievable. It is truly heart breaking. I saw the Red Cross working with some of the home owners. It is important that the people down there contact DPW as I told many of them. As for Social Media. Here is what I discovered. 5 out of the 7 people that I actually spoke with lost their computers in the flood simply because they had their equipment in their basement. Any Senior or disabled person who needs helps call the City and give someone your name, address, phone number. Eventually someone will get back with you to see if your situation can be at least looked at . And I say eventually because we have so many who need help it will take time to get to everyone They Mayor has also instructed the PD to patrol the area because pickers are going through trash bags and some of those bags contain personal info of the homeowner. Much work is being done behind the scenes concerning this devastation. It’s a big job and I know this isn’t what we all want to hear but we have to be patient.

Breath just breath

that’s what I say to myself as I sit down to write a response to Councilwoman Horvath. I would like to point out to the councilwoman if you didn’t see the post here it is.

Hey Mr. Mayor and City Council Think there isn’t a need for social media. Let me give you a few numbers from this blog just today…

From 12:00am until right now 8:21pm today this blog has had 3,049 views out of that number 2,286 views are for the blog post,(Are You a Flood Victim in Dearborn Heights? You Need to Know.)

Keep on saying the City doesn’t need any other way to communicate with the residents.

Those numbers are right here and if you need to see them stop by my home or business and I will pull them up for you. 2,286 views on one blog post about what you need to know if you are a flood victim. Those numbers closed out even higher than that by 12 midnight of the day I wrote that post. You talked to 7 people and 5 of them just happen to have their computers in the basement on a desk I presume. If the water was that high what are you and the rest of this city gong to do about it once and for all? Next what about cell phones if the city offered Nixle like many other city’s through-out the United States do. Your residents could sign up for text message alerts. Oh what about the reverse 911 system that is here in the City, but has never been set up. Just think, a recorded message to the residents on how to file whom to call and so on. Is there no end to the lengths that elected officials in this city will go to not to bring us to the 21st century and utilize all means available to them to communicate to the residents.

Even with this right in their faces at least one sitting on the council still can’t bring herself to say “Hey you know what? We should have a Facebook page, we should have Nixle, we should use everything we can to get information to the people whom you said are devastated.” We as City should do everything we can to make this process as easy as possible. We should not make them run around wondering where to go whom to call. No we need to change. Instead, I hear about 5 out of 7 with their computers in their basement. I wonder Councilwoman Horvath, are you willing to fight on behalf of every resident in this city to fix this flooding problem. Fight with the same energy you’ve shown these past several weeks to keep the City Clerk? The same Clerk you censured not so long ago.. Why is this such a problem for you guys on the council? Other city’s just do this no one has to ask they don’t fight the residents. This isn’t about whose going to win this just looks like it’s turning into a “battle of wills” here and that should never be the case when you are an elected official. As an elected office do you have the right to stand in the face of progress for our city?

Does the city have dedicated lines and people to answer those phone lines?  Do you have a command center set up on each end of town at the rec centers for people to go to? They could pick up cleaning packets, file their flood claim work with someone. Do you have volunteers? Have you asked city-wide for volunteers to help those disabled and seniors that need help?  The Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association has a number to call if you need help that the same number can be called if you want to volunteer.  They wait for it, posted that on you guessed it their Facebook Page.  No reverse 911 to call people and tell them about keeping cars off the road for the special Saturday trash pickup. Why don’t we just use carrier pigeons to drop off leaflets. Yes we all have to work together to get the word out we need to use any way we can it’s so important. Doesn’t the city have to do its part too? After 40 years of this the City should have a plan in place that is activated each time a flood happens. Who does what who goes where and so on. For that matter every city should have one.

Years ago the Army Core of Engineers did a study they told you what it would take to fix this problem and how much it would cost. When is this city going to act on that? Yes I know the price tag is a very big one, Yes I know not ever part of Dearborn Heights gets flooded, but every 3 years or so half if not more of the residents who live in this City  basements are under water. When is it going to get more expensive to pay out with each flood then to solve the problem? How many times do people have to lose their belongings before enough is enough.

Heres what gramasuzanne610 had to say on the blog,

For over 45 years I have seen the flooding in Dearborn Heights from the 1960’s to the present. I have attended meetings after meetings regarding the flooding from when I was a teenager and accompanied my dad to present day.

You see, after a bad flooding in our city everyone is up in arms and we are promised all sorts of aid. Yada Yada. However, after the final basement or house is cleaned up, the issue begins to fade in our collective memories only to be awakened with another flood and then fading again. It is this cycle that the city leaders count on and the reason they are not as hot about this issue as they should be.

The other night I sat down and wrote an article from all the information I have received in the past 40 years regarding the history and causes of flooding in Dearborn Heights. It was a cathartic for me but also very sad.

We could stop the flooding if everyone knew how we got to where we are today and in addition if all of us got together and demanded a stop to it. We could stop it but we won’t because soon the basements full of sewage and the loss of our possessions will be forgotten. This is why our city leaders don’t care because in the end we don’t care enough to keep the subject alive.

Residents of Dearborn Heights have you had enough yet? Do you care enough to keep this subject alive? Are we just going to just let it go away again with out a solution to the problem like every other time? Do we want to give our City leaders what they are counting on? Will we let if fade from our collective memories? Questions that will be answered in the weeks and months to come and in 40 years if nothing has changed I just don’t see it starting now. Maybe I’m wrong I hope I’am. #flood2014drbnhgts.

Attachment A
Ecorse Creek, Wayne County, Michigan
General Reevaluation Report
Detroit District
August 2009