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June and July Storm Events

Activities and Action Items of the City Update July 28th
Since the Events of June 25-26 and July 16th the City Council and City Hall have been hard at work to find regional and local solutions that will allow communities to handle large storm events. Our priority in Grosse Pointe Park is our infrastructure. As the City moves forward we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. The widespread damage to homes and businesses from these recent events has hurt not only many of us in the City of Grosse Pointe Park but throughout Southeast Michigan. The following are actions and continuing discussions within the City, please look for future meetings of City Council for development of these items and city communication.

  1. The City Public Works and Engineers have been compiling data and resources to bring action plans the City will review at future City Council Meetings and of a special meeting on Wednesday August 4th at 7pm. Topics to include instrumentation, storm modeling, short and long term fixes.
  2. The City building department has met with several homes with landlord/tenant concerns to reach compliance of flood concerns. For assistance please call 313-822-6200
  3. The Grosse Pointes are continuing to work with the County, State and FEMA to provide a Disaster Recovery Center on the Eastside of Wayne County. At this time A Document Drop off Center has been established at Grosse Pointe City Public Safety Building for dropping off your FEMA Documentation and Small Business Administration.
  4. Public Works has been meeting with homeowners to review homes that were flooded with advice on how to address necessary improvements along with reviewing our manholes and clean catch basins. Please call 313-822-5100 for the Department of Public Works
  5. A form fill submission document for PA 222 forms has been added to the website where residents can directly submit to the City along with an option to drag and drop receipts, documents etc. instead of having to turn in by paper to City Hall.
  6. Public Safety is continuing our process improvement to communicate in extreme events that will allow the city to broadcast notifications with the IPAWS system allowing messages to be sent to any phone within Grosse Pointe Park without having to sign up.
  7. The City is working with Public Utilities such as GLWA that handle our Sanitary flow to have external audits of their systems in which they are conducting including instrumentation, inspection of lines and improve communication.
  8. Development of comprehensive educational materials including considerations of backflow prevention devices, sump pump systems and disconnection of downspouts to the Sanitary system.
  9. Reviewing additional requirements for new-build homes to manage stormwater such as installation of backflow preventer and sump pump.
  10. Continue investigations to identify and disconnect illicit connections and downspout discharge to sanitary sewer; specifically alleys and parking lot areas.
  11. The City and its Engineers is meeting with EGLE to continue our discussions of providing relief points to the City in the case of large storm events such as the proposed Extreme Emergency Relief Valve at Patterson Park Storm Pump Station allowing sanitary flow to discharge out to the Lake.
  12. In review of best practice updates to our local ordinances including Downspout and other illicit connections.
  13. Working with Local and Federal Leaders to continue discussions of the need for infrastructure funding and resident relief assistance.
  14. Reviewing grant or funding opportunities to continue improving City Infrastructure through EGLE, the Federal Government and Private funding.
  15. Study feasibility options of Green Infrastructure Improvements.
  16. The Grosse Pointe Communities, the City of Detroit and its Engineers along with Neighborhood Groups are working collaboratively to share data from these storm events to work together on providing regional solutions.
Because President Biden granted Governor Whitmer's request for a disaster declaration following the storm event that occurred on June 25th - 26th, the declaration will provide additional federal resources to impacted residents and businesses located throughout Wayne and Washtenaw counties. 


Individual Federal Assistance
CLICK HERE to begin the online application process.  Additional information on applying will become available in the upcoming days and will be shared by the City when made available.  Please note that the online application link may not yet be operational.
- If you are applying for both home and business disaster assistance, complete one registration to cover both.
- If you are applying for multiple disasters, you will need to complete a registration for each disaster.
FEMA - Help After a Disaster Pamphlet

You'll need the following to complete your registration:
-Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
- Annual Household Income
- Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
- Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
- Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

Note: You must provide an email address if you want to review your registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.

If you need further information or assistance:
Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7am to 11pm ET.

If you use a relay service (a videophone, InnoCaption, CapTel, etc.), please provide your number assigned to that service. FEMA must be able to contact you. Be aware that phone calls from FEMA may appear to come from an unidentified number.

If you are having technical issues, call FEMA's Internet Help Desk at 1-800-745-0243. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To learn more, review the Help After a Disaster brochure. This provides policy and eligibility information for all assistance under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Visit the Individual Disaster Assistance page for more details.

The Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses and residents in Michigan following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes from June 25 - 26, 2021. The disaster declaration covers Washtenaw and Wayne counties in Michigan, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 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. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website

IMPORTANT: The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 13, 2021. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 15, 2022.

The SBA has also opened a Business Recovery Center (RRC) located at the Caroline Kennedy Library (24590 George Street, Dearborn Heights). Representatives from the SBA are available to assist with the application and answer questions Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.
SBA News Release - Disaster Assistance
SBA Disaster Assistance Flyer
SBA Disaster Loans - Three Step Process
SBA Fact Sheet - Disaster Loans

The PA 222 Claim Forms need to be returned within 45 days of the event (June 26th and/or July 16th). Separate claim forms need to be submitted for each event:
- Online form for the June 26th storm event is no longer available as the deadline was 8/10/2021.
- Online form for the July 16th storm event is no longer available as the deadline was 8/30/2021.

The same form should be utilized for damaged vehicles. This is the only form that needs to be filled out. The form is also available in PDF format here and at the following locations in paper:
City Hall
Lavins Center
Gatehouse at Patterson and Windmill
Ewald Library

Forms and supporting documentation can be dropped off or returned via email to clerk@grossepointepark.org

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions  - PA 222 Claim Form

I experienced issues at the June 25-26 storm and July 16th, I filled out a form for the June event, Do I have to fill out a separate one for July?
Yes, Please return to City Hall or send to clerk@grossepointepark.org. Each event has 45 days from that day to file with the City.

What If I filed with GLWA or DWSD?
Those entities may provide copies to us, however, their forms may not request all of the types of information that are requested on our form. We advise that you still complete a GPP form to make sure that the City is aware of your claim, particularly because PA 222 provides that claim forms must be received within 45 days of the event. 

Where Can I get this form?
The form is available at City Hall, City Website, Public Library, Lavins Center and the Outside Gatehouses. 

What damage should I submit?
It is very important that homeowners, renters, and car owners document losses with photos of the flood damage and receipts related to cleaning out basements and related repairs. This includes personal property that you may discard and replace. Homeowners who have insurance should file a claim with their insurance company immediately. Renters with coverage should do the same, and should communicate with their landlord about damages and insurance claims.  Car owners should also file a claim with their insurance company.


Click here to read the City's official statement following the July 16th Storm Event. 

If you were impacted by the July 16th Storm Event please fill out the City PA 222 Form. This claim form would be separate from the June 25-26 storm event. As we learn more from these events we will continue to provide updates and action items the City will undertake moving forward. We will continue to work with our Grosse Pointe neighbors, the City of Detroit and our regional supplier the Great Lakes Water Authority to identify regional solutions. 

- Click here to watch the meeting recording of the town hall event regarding the June 25-26th storm event.
- Click here to view the PowerPoint presented at the Town Hall meeting hosted 7.8.2021. 

The City has released a document to provide answers to frequently asked questions related to the June 25-26th storm event.  Click here to read the document.  

Please be mindful that not only should be precautions be used when conducting basement backups, but also outdoors where floodwaters rose in streets and yards to unprecedented levels.   Floodwaters typically contain bacteria and chemicals.  The City has compiled a few websites and links below to consider. For example, you may wish to wash down and sanitize hard surfaces, in particular play equipment or sandboxes used by children.  Also be cautious when deciding whether to consume vegetables that were covered by floodwater.
CDC Tips for Cleaning Up After An Emergency   
CDC Tips for Mold Cleanup    
CDC Guidance for Keeping Kids Safe During Cleanup
Canadian Health Department Yard, Garden and Play equipment tips
PETPLAN Tips for Pets During and After Floods
CDC Tips for Pets in Emergencies  


The State of Michigan has provided a list of resources available for flood survivors:

Additional resources are also available here.

Mayor Denner has released a statement regarding the storm event on June 26th. Click here to read the full statement. 

The State of Michigan through Governor Whitmer’s Office has declared a State of Emergency for Wayne County Due to Impacts of Heavy Rainfall and Flooding. The City is working with the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security/Emergency Management and the National Weather Service following the storm.  Preliminary data shows 8.19 inches of rain fell within a 24 hour timeframe within Grosse Pointe Park.

Property Damage- Property that been damaged and needs to be disposed of please bring to the curb right away. Grosse Pointe Park Public Works, Green For Life and other Grosse Pointe Public Works Departments will be assisting to take trash away starting on Sunday and throughout the days ahead. If your trash is typically picked up in the alley but the alley is flooded, please bring to the front of your home.

Vehicles- As best as possible please move cars that have gone into the street as we need access for Public Safety, Public Works, Restoration companies and Trash Services

Communication- For questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works at 313-822-5100 or email through our website at www.grossepointepark.org/citizen_request/ City Hall will be available on Monday as well to answer phone calls at 313-822-6200

Water Consumption-  At this time there is no concern of restricting water use

Restoration- For residents considering assistance with restoration and clean up here are a few companies that can help but not limited to:

Servpro of Grosse Pointe

Belfor Restoration

Rainbow International

Detroit Water Damage and Restoration

MGM Restoration

We are truly thankful for the community in helping our Public Works and Public Safety clearing catch basins, cars, assisting residents in need and being one community. As more information becomes available we will continue to update.

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