Preventing Flood Damage

Preventing Flood Damage


FEMA has extended Disaster Assistance registration to December 14, 2014 to report damage claims from the August 11, 2014 flood event.

Update: 12/12/14
 FEMA registration period is now extended to December 14, 2014. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has also extended their registration period until Monday, December 15, 2014. The following location will be available to Oakland County residents to report damages to FEMA and get information in addition to the 1-800-621-FEMA and the website. The Small Business Administration announced that the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) will close premanently at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Additional information can be found in the news release attached below. 
                 Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) - Offer full-service registration, appeal process, on-site specialist, and other assistance:

President Obama issues disaster declaration for parts of Michigan from August floods

Update: 11/19/14
President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration that will free up federal money for those hit hard by the August storms.
The disaster declaration applies to Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.
The assistance will include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs that are designed to help individuals and business owners recover.
An official has also been named to oversee federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Residents and business owners in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance immediately.  You can register online or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362). A special line has also been set up for hearing and speech impaired people at (800) 462-7585.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Applications need to be submitted by December 14, 2014.

For additional information you may call 248-858-1843. 

Additional tips regarding clean-up measures can be found on the Health Division’s webpage at: Oakland County Health Division

Your local floodplain manager, building official, city engineer or planning and zoning administrator can typically tell you whether you are in a flood or other hazard area. Your local community official is also a good source of information on how to protect yourself, your house and property from flooding and other hazards.

Ways to protect your house and property
Basement flood protection can involve a variety of changes to your house and property--changes that can vary in complexity and cost. You may be able to make some types of changes yourself. Complicated or large scale changes, or those that affect the structure of your house or its electrical wiring and plumbing, should be carried out only by a professional contractor licensed to work in your state, county or city.  Below are some examples of flood protection:

  • Install Sewer Backflow Valves. In some flood prone areas, flooding can cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drainpipes.  Sewage backup not only causes damage, but also creates health hazards. Backflow valves have a variety of designs ranging from simple to complex. This is something that only a licensed plumber or contractor should do.
  • Raise or Flood-Proof Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Equipment. In flood prone houses, a good way to protect HVAC equipment is to elevate it above the areas that flood. Another method is to leave the equipment where it is and build a concrete or masonry block flood wall around it.
  • Anchor Fuel Tanks. Unanchored fuel tanks can be easily moved by floodwaters. One way to anchor a tank is to attach it to a large concrete slab whose weight is great enough to resist the force of floodwaters. Elevate tanks to a minimum of at least one foot above the base flood elevation. Floating and/or damaged tanks pose serious threats not only to you, your family and your house, but also to public safety and the environment.
  • Raise Electrical System Components. Any electrical system component, including service panels (fuse and circuit boxes), meters, switches and outlets can easily be damaged by floodwaters. All components of the electrical system, including the wiring, should be raised at least one foot above the base flood elevation.
  • Raise Washers and Dryers. Washers and dryers can easily be damaged in a flood. In order to prevent this from happening, utilities can be placed on cinder blocks one food above the base flood elevation.
  • Add a Sump Pump in your Basement. Sump pumps can help keep groundwater from entering your home's interior.
  • Cut Drywall so That it is One-Half to One-Inch off the Floor. This is especially important in basements.  Concrete floors commonly absorb ground moisture--especially in winter months.  That moisture can wick up the wallboard if it's touching the floor, allowing mold to grow out-of-sight within the walls.  You can hide the gap with wood or rubberized floor trim.
  • Don't Forget to Buy Flood Insurance. Flood insurance provides year-round financial protection and improves your ability to quickly recover when severe storms strike and cause unexpected flooding.  Call your local insurance agent or 1-800-720-1090 to reach National Flood Insurance Program specialists.