Official Macomb County Flood Emergency
Support and Information

 

Report Damage

Please report to us all damages you received due to the flood on August 11, 2014 (home, business, auto, other).
Damage Assessment Report Form (complete/submit online)
OR
Print Form (pdf); complete and submit via email or mail/dropoff at any local government office.
The purpose of the reporting form is to collect information only for reporting to the State and is not a mechanism for any type of reimbursement or financial assistance.

 

For Additonal Flood Assistance Please Call 2-1-1

 

Flood Clean Up Assistance / 2-1-1 Services

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

To request volunteer help, you have two options:

 

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

You can also dial 2-1-1 for assistance with the following services:

Basic Human Needs Resources, Health and Mental Health Resources, Employment Support, Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities, Support for Children, Youth and Families, Volunteer Opportunities and Donations, Military and Family Support

Or Visit: http://mi211.org/

Disaster Relief

American Red Cross – Southeastern Michigan Regional Chapter: 1-800-774-6066 http://www.redcross.org/mi/detroit

Immediate emergency relief following disasters in the form of:

  • Emergency food, clothing, temporary shelter and personal care items to disaster victims as needed.
  • Facilitate inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area
  • Referrals to out resources for long-term needs

 

Emergency Shelter

Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-552-1183
MCREST (rotating shelter): (586) 415-5101
Salvation Army MATTS, Warren: (586) 755-5191
Homeless Coalition: (586) 285-0402

Rent/Mortgage Assistance

Help with renters facing eviction or homeowners facing foreclosure. Must meet Department of Human Services (DHS) eligibility. http://www.michigan.gov/dhs or apply online at https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/
Warren: 586-427-0600
Sterling Heights: 586-254-1500
Mount Clemens: 586-469-7700

Help with renters facing eviction or homeowners facing foreclosure. Gross household income must be below 125% of federal poverty level. Must have eviction or foreclosure notice. Must apply at Department of Human Services for State Emergency Relief assistance first. More information: http://www.macombgov.org/mccsa/centers.htm Call the Community Action Center for your area:

  • Warren, Eastpointe, Center Line: 586-759-9150
  • All other Macomb County communities: 586-469-6964

 

Limited assistance may be available from local churches or St. Vincent De Paul.

  • Warren, Eastpointe, Center Line: contact local churches directly
  • Communities north of 14 Mile and south of 23 Mile: Good Shepherd Coalition: 586-415-8100
  • Communities north of 23 Mile: contact local churches directly

 

Emergency Food

Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-552-1183 for a referral to a local pantry, visit www.pantrynet.org, or call Macomb Food Program at 586-469-6004.

Emergency food pantries – Warren

  • St. Anne Catholic Church - 32000 Mound (586) 264-0713
  • St. Mark Catholic Church - 4401 Bart St. (586) 759-3026
  • Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church - 8129 Packard (586) 758-3940
  • Tabernacle Church - 14205 E. 12 Mile Road (586) 778-5130
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - 8150 Chapp (586) 755-6767
  • Waltham Baptist Church - 21038 Waltham Ave. (586) 772-6710

 

Emergency food pantries – Sterling Heights

  • Fellowship Lutheran – 35537 Ryan (586) 977-7377
  • Lakeside Bible Chapel – 39939 Hayes (586) 247-5226
  • Riverwood Community Church – 12000 Clinton River (586) 739-9157
  • St. Ephrem Catholic Church – 38900 Dodge Park (586) 264-1230
  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church – 8771 15 mile Road (586) 268-2170
  • United Methodist Church – 8650 Canal Road (586) 731-7667

 

Emergency food pantries – Center Line

  • Southeast Michigan Indians – 26641 Lawrence (586) 756-1350
  • Lighthouse Outreach (Roseville) – 28571 Gratiot (586) 776-1230

 

Community Meals

St. Mark Church is serving Community Dinner Meals Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. until August 29.
4401 Bart, Warren, 48091

Salvation Army – Warren is providing community lunches Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. until September.

On-going commodity food assistance

Food Assistance Program through the Department of Human Services provides on-going help to purchase food. Must meet Department of Human Services (DHS) eligibility. http://www.michigan.gov/ dhs or apply online at https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/
Warren: 586-427-0600
Sterling Heights: 586-254-1500
Mount Clemens: 586-469-7700

Monthly food distribution through TEFAP. Must meet income guidelines. Call the Community Action Center for your area:

  • Warren, Eastpointe, Center Line: 586-759-9150
  • All other Macomb County communities: 586-469-6964

 

Monthly food distribution for seniors over age 60 through Focus: HOPE. Must meet income guidelines.
Call the Community Action Center for your area:

  • Warren, Eastpointe, Center Line: 586-759-9150
  • All other Macomb County communities: 586-469-6964

 

Utility Assistance

Help with natural gas, electric, water. Gross household income must be below 125% of federal poverty level. Household must have shut off notice for utility they are seeking assistance. Assistance with deliverable fuels (propane, home heating oil, wood) used as the primary heating source of the home may also be available. Call the Community Action Center for your area:

  • Warren, Eastpointe, Center Line: 586-759-9150
  • All other Macomb County communities: 586-469-6964

 

Limited assistance may be available from local churches or St. Vincent De Paul.

  • Warren, Eastpointe, Center Line: contact local churches directly
  • Communities north of 14 Mile and south of 23 Mile: Good Shepherd Coalition: 586-415-8100
  • Communities north of 23 Mile: contact local churches directly

 

Veterans

Macomb County Veteran’s Services offers emergency assistance for veterans: 586-469-5315

Disabled or Elderly

If you have a disability or are elderly and need assistance please call (586) 493-6767.

Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Department of Human Services can help you and your family with temporary assistance when times are tough.

If you believe you may qualify for assistance please contact your local DHS office or go to the DHS website.

Local Offices:
Warren: (586) 427-0600
Sterling Heights: (586) 254-1500
Mount Clemens: (586) 469-7700

Website:
http://www.michigan.gov/mibridges

If you are already working with DHS, contact your specialist.

City Contacts to File Claims for Basement Flooding (due to sewage backup)

You must file a written claim with your city within 45 days after the overflow or backup is discovered (as required by Michigan Public Act 222).

City of Warren: (586) 574-4670
For information on how to file a claim for basement flooding.

City of Warren Emergency Hotline: (586) 574-4526
For help with flooding cleanup.

City of Eastpointe: (586) 445-3661 ext. 2221
For questions. Residents who wish to file a claim can do so at City Hall.

City of St. Clair Shores: 586-447-3322
For additional information about filing a claim. Residents can find the form online at http://www.ci.saint-clair-shores.mi.us/DocumentCenter/View/1482 or by going to City Hall.

Clean Up Help

Warren residents ONLY: Can contact a group of volunteers that have offered to help by the name of DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work). Contact Greg at (864) 569-6249 for help regarding residential flooding.

Mold In Your Home

What are molds?

Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. They serve an important, positive role by helping to decompose organic matter. It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 species of mold. At least 1,000 species are common in the U.S.

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected year round both indoors and outdoors. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. They can be found outdoors in shady, damp areas or places of decomposing vegetation. Indoors, mold can be found where there is sufficient moisture or where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

What are the potential health effects of mold?

The most common types of mold are generally not hazardous to healthy individuals. People who have asthma, hay fever or other allergies or who have weakened immune systems are more likely to react to mold. Common symptoms include runny nose, eye irritations, skin rash, cough, congestion and aggravation of asthma or allergies. Symptoms should stop when mold is removed.

How do you know if you have a mold problem?

Large mold infestations can usually be seen or smelled.

What do you do if mold is present in your home?

The most effective way to treat mold is to first correct underlying water problems or water damage. The area affected with mold should then be properly and thoroughly cleaned. If you feel you need assistance, contact a professional with experience in removing and cleaning mold from buildings.

How can you keep mold out of your home?

Homes should be routinely inspected for evidence of water damage and visible mold. The conditions causing mold, water leaks, condensation, infiltration or flooding, should be corrected to prevent and control future mold growth.

What Is Stachybotrys chartarum (pronounced Stack-ee-BOT-ris; also known as Stachybotrys atra)?

This is the "black mold" that you hear and read about. Stachybotrys chartarum (SC) is one mold that is associated with health effects in people. SC is a greenish-black mold that can grow on materials with a high cellulose content (drywall, dropped ceiling tiles, wood) that are chronically moist or water damaged as a result of high humidity, water leaks, condensation or flooding. SC is a relatively uncommon mold. SC spores do not become easily airborne and therefore contamination of indoor air by SC is unusual.

How can you tell if Stachybotrys chartarum is present in your home?

Many molds are black in appearance but are not Stachybotrys chartarum. For example, the black mold commonly found between bathroom tiles is not SC. Stachybotrys chartarum can only be positively identified through microscopic exam or by specially trained professionals.

Should I have my home tested for mold?

Trained professionals can test for mold. However, these tests can be expensive and are usually considered unnecessary. Testing results will always be positive, since mold occurs everywhere. Additionally, there are no standards for safe or unsafe levels of mold.

Preventive action is best.

Whenever you see or smell mold, assume there is a problem and take measures to reduce the presence of mold in your home or building.

What should you do if you have mold in your home?

Indoor mold growth indicates a problem with water or moisture. You should not need to take any different precautions with Stachybotrys chartarum than with other molds.

  • Clean surface mold with a bleach solution. (1-2 c. bleach/gallon of water)
  • Mold under carpets typically requires removal of the carpeting.
  • Mold in insulation or wallboard may require removal and replacement of the material.
  • In areas where flooding has occurred, prompt cleaning of walls and other flood-damaged items with bleach solution is recommended.
  • Moldy items that cannot be properly and thoroughly cleaned should be discarded.

Refer to "Other Resources" below for additional information on mold. The web sites listed can provide detailed information on proper cleaning of mold.

Things you should know about mold

  • Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  • There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • If mold is a problem in your home or building, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture to control future mold growth.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30 - 60%. Decrease mold growth by venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning.
  • Clean and dry damp/wet building materials and furnishings within 24 - 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy may need to be replaced.
  • Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (windows, piping, exterior walls, roof or floors) by adding insulation.
  • In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting.
  • Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present.

Questions?

If you have any questions, call us at 586-469-5236, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or
E-mail us now.

Other Resources

Center for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/health/mold.html

Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/

Michigan Department of Community Health
http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-54783_54784_54984_55925---,00.htm

Home Repairs

Home repair "to correct unsafe conditions and restore essential services", including furnaces and hot water heaters. Must meet Department of Human Services (DHS) eligibility. http://www.michigan.gov/ dhs or apply online at https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/
Warren: 586-427-0600
Sterling Heights: 586-254-1500
Mount Clemens: 586-469-7700

Clean Up and Disinfecting

During the cleanup of basements or other enclosed areas, provide as much ventilation as possible by opening windows and doors to allow moist air to flow out. Anything that has been in contact with floodwaters should be considered contaminated and must be cleaned and disinfected. All surfaces that can be washed and disinfected may be salvaged by thoroughly washing in soap and warm water, followed by disinfecting with a chlorine solution rinse made up of eight (8) tablespoons (1/2 cup) common household bleach per gallon of clean, warm water. Chlorine bleach is an effective disinfectant, but should never be mixed with ammonia since this combination produces poisonous gas.

Surfaces that are constructed in such a manner that effective decontamination and disinfections is difficult or impossible should be discarded or consult with a professional cleaning and salvaging firm.

Utility Service

During and following flooding, contact utility companies for information and advice on precautions and safety measures to be taken. Do not handle any connected electrical cords or appliances if the current is still on. Do not light a flame in an enclosed area where gas fired or oil fired appliances are located before placing them back in service. If electricity is connected to an appliance which has had the motor controls submerged, do not attempt to start it until you have consulted a qualified service company.

Water

Water from wells located in flooded areas may be unsafe and water for drinking must be boiled for ten (10) minutes or treated with non-scented household bleach by adding one (1) teaspoon of liquid bleach to five gallons of water, mix well and let stand for thirty minutes before drinking.

Food

Discard all items which were in direct contact with floodwaters. Jars, bottles and similar containers with crimped, on caps, lids, or covers as well as cork or paraffin tops cannot be relied on to prevent product contamination.

Personal Hygiene

Protect yourself by frequently washing your hands in warm water and in chlorinated water, particularly before eating or smoking. Use care to prevent tracking sewage contaminated floodwaters into areas that are clean. All clothing should be washed at the end of the day and a hot shower taken.

Consumer Alert

After the Flood - Don’t let a flood emergency lead to a flood of scams...
For more information, please click on the link below.
http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-17337_20942-335122--,00.html

Beware of scams after a disaster... For more information please click the link below.
http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-60152_68178-335213--,00.html

Flood Insurance

Flood Related Press Releases

Mental Health Issues

Please call 586-307-9100 for the Macomb County Crisis Hot Line

Road Closures

There are no road closures due to flooding at this time.

 

Macomb County Emergency Management Phone:(586)469-5270 or Email: mcoem@macombgov.org