Now This Isn’t a Surprise.

Dearborn Patch has a very interesting article not surprising,

FEMA Inspectors May Have Sent Mixed Signal; Flood Aid Isn’t a Sure Thing- Dearborn Patch

Metro residents shouldn’t count on too much help from the federal government in the cleanup from record Aug. 11 rains that caused freeway flooding, sewer backups in basements and road collapses.-Dearborn Patch 


2 thoughts on “Now This Isn’t a Surprise.”

  1. Here we go again. 50 years of hearing the same old song over and over again. I feel really sorry for those residents that are going through this for the first time. When you have gone through flooding countless times before you are mentally prepared for it.

    My advice:

    Don’t remodel your basements this will only happen again and again. Use them for storage only and make sure anything stored is at least 4 feet above the floor.

    Have back-up valves and a sump pump installed so hopefully you won’t have to clean sewage from you basements and be exposed to all sorts of nasty germs.

    The back-up valve prevents the water from your the drain leading from the house to the main drain from backing up into your basements via the floor drains or basement toilets and showers. If the storm water and sewage drain leading from your house are separated (meaning you have two lines running from your house to the main line), make sure there is a back-up valve in each line. If you just install it in one, the water will back up in your basement from the other line. I was told by one resident that this is exactly what happened to him because he only had a back-up valve installed in the storm water drain and not in the sanitary drain.

    A sump pump will relieve the pressure from your weeping tiles and prevent the weeping tiles from cracking which will lead to water coming in your basement via the cracks. The sump pump by lowering the pressure in the weeping tiles (since the back up valve while preventing anything from flowing in will also prevent anything from flowing out ) will save you costly repairs to your basement walls, something we learned the hard way.

    Research as to why our city gets hit so hard. I and a few others are in the process of meeting with the person from Metro Airport who is responsible for the airport’s storm water discharge. He has promised to show us how their system works and prove to us that the airport does not discharge into the Ecorse Creek.

    More research needs to be done as to why Taylor is allowed to dump their storm water into the Ecorse Creek which in turn causes us along and near the creek to flood so badly. It is illegal for one municipality to dump its storm water into another municipality so how come Taylor can do it to us, along with Romulus, Inkster and a couple of other cities to our west.

    More research on a suspected valve in the area of Powers and the Southfield Freeway that can shut off drainage from our area and some parts of Allen Park. When this valve is finally opened our area drains with a whoosh in a less than an hour.

    Last but not least, force our city officials to be Proactive and not just Reactive. They make a lot of noise after a flood but preventing floods should be top on the list. This can only be accomplished if citizens flood (pardon the pun) the council chambers and demand action be taken and keep coming back until something is done or we elect new people who can.

    Research and action is the best advice I can give those who have houses that back up to the Ecorse Creek and have had not only their basements flood but several levels of their living spaces flood also. I had relatives who had a house on your block so I can tell you this is not the first time this has happened nor will it be the last time unless the dumping of other city’s storm water into the Ecorse Creek is stopped.

    I hate to say it but the ball is in our hands and if we choose to do nothing this flooding will continue to happen again and again. Its time for all of us to arise and let our city officials know,


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    . . . the customers who didn’t protect themselves.

    There’s a huge disconnect between what people THINK their insurance covers and what it REALLY covers.

    — Homeowners think it covers EVERYTHING, so they don’t ask questions.

    — Insurance agents who want to make a sale don’t press the issue with new homeowners.

    I don’t know how well insurance agents are trained to deal with flooding, but right now, they ought to be discussing it with ALL of their customers.

    If your agent doesn’t approach you about it, ask. IGNORANCE is the customer’s fault.


    — Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover floods. You need to buy flood insurance for that. I believe only the government sells flood insurance.

    — A “flood” comes in from the outside in. A drain backup is NOT a flood and is not covered by flood insurance.

    — Homeowner’s insurance does not cover drain backups unless you add BACKUP COVERAGE. Backup coverage is cheap. Ask your insurance agent about it.

    — Regardless of the type of insurance, as a rule, only “basement” items are covered in a basement. That includes the foundation, the furnace, the water heater, the breaker/fuse panel and (possibly) the washer and dryer. If you finish your basement or if you store things in it, the loss is on your dime. I don’t know whether you can buy a special rider to cover the contents of your basement. I don’t store anything in mine that I’m not prepared to lose.

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