Spring Flooding in Dearborn Area
Flooding is very common in the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights areas. The 2019 spring storm made the both the Ecorse and Rouge River overflow causing dangerous flooding in South Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and Allen Park. FEMA offers some great tips for anyone living in flood prone areas.
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. Nixle is a great local resource.
- Consider flood insurance. Consult an insurance professional to confirm the best coverage for you.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container.
- Be sure drains and gutters are clear and flowing. Consider a sump pump with a battery backup.
During a Flood
- Evacuate immediately when told to do so. Always follow the directions of local first responders. They have established the best plan based on information you do not have.
- Never drive or walk through floodwater.
- Never allow children or pets to enter, play or swim in floodwater. It is contaminated and dangerous.
After the Flood
- Follow instructions from authorities.
- Even in the metro Detroit area, snakes or other animals may be in your house.
- Never touch wet electrical equipment or if you are standing in water.
- Underground or downed power lines can electrically charge the water. Never enter floodwaters.
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.