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Huntington Woods September 10, 2014

Huntington Woods offering permit relief programs after flood

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Huntington Woods is one of the smaller cities along the Woodward Avenue corridor, but after a record rainfall Aug. 11 caused flooding all over metro Detroit, city officials predicted that more than 50 ...Read More

St. Clair Shores September 10, 2014

Federal officials assessing flood damages

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As residents continue to clean up and assess damages caused by the August flood, the city is working with state and federal officials to see what, if any, assistance may be coming to St. Clair ...Read More

Warren September 10, 2014

Buddy’s weathers storm thanks to customers, employees

WARREN — The dinner rush turned into a rush to high ground Aug. 11, as floodwaters rose over the road by Buddy’s Pizza and waves lapped against the restaurant’s patio at the corner of a then-submerged Van ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park September 3, 2014

Blockage blamed for Bedford sewage backups

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Grosse Pointe Park was spared some of the fury of storms Aug. 11 that rocked metro Detroit, causing massive flooding on local freeways, damaging vehicles and endangering lives.But residents of at ...Read More

Berkley September 3, 2014

Berkley, Ferndale to waive or discount fees after flood

BERKLEY/FERNDALE — The rainstorm that hit metro Detroit during the evening Aug. 11 was anything but ordinary. Roads flooded, cars floated and basements took in water in several cities from Berkley to Warren and ...Read More

Roseville September 3, 2014

Council hears update on flood damage

ROSEVILLE — The city did everything it could to minimize flood damage during the Aug. 11 storm, but it still impacted at least 266 households, according to a report the Roseville City Council received Aug. ...Read More

Eastpointe September 3, 2014

Despite storm damage, Eastpointe infrastructure projects on track

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe’s water system and road repair projects are continuing largely on schedule, in spite of damage caused by the major thunderstorm Aug. 11.According to a press release, the city has 15 ...Read More

Oakland County September 2, 2014

SOCRRA explains temporary halt in recycling

OAKLAND COUNTY — According to the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, in an effort to catch up with trash collection and the huge amount of refuse residents discarded after the Aug. 11 flood, SOCRRA and its participating haulers agreed to, as it says on the SOCRRA website, “commingle” recyclables and yard waste with regular trash and process everything as garbage at its facility on Coolidge Road in Troy. ...Read More

Warren September 2, 2014

After flood, ‘godsend’ arrives to aid Warren area

WARREN — They came powered by the hearts of volunteers, pulling trailers packed with relief.  They’re pledging to stay for weeks — whatever is necessary to get the job done.With hundreds of service ...Read More

Warren August 28, 2014

Fouts urges insurance changes after flood

WARREN — Am I covered?That’s the first question many Warren residents asked after the sky opened up, the rain poured down, their basements flooded and the waters receded, leaving possessions, appliances and ...Read More

Madison Heights August 27, 2014

Madison Heights upset over outdoor dump site

MADISON HEIGHTS — The last weeks of August saw residents and city officials in Madison Heights upset over the dumping of thousands of tons of trash in their city, not far from a senior center, middle school and nearby ...Read More

Troy August 27, 2014

Hold off on hauling recycling to the curb — for now

The Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority and the city of Troy urge residents to wait a week to haul their recyclables to the curb as SOCRRA and recycling haulers catch up with the increased workload caused by ...Read More

Troy August 27, 2014

Multiagency resource center helps flood victims

Hundreds came to the Troy Community Center Aug. 18-19 seeking one-stop shopping to hook up with a number of state, county and city resources in the aftermath of record flooding.Oakland County Homeland Security, in ...Read More

Metro Detroit August 27, 2014

Be safe when your basement becomes a lake

METRO DETROIT — Many Detroit-area homeowners just experienced the most extreme flooding of their lifetimes, and local experts want them to know that when dealing with water in their basements, safety should always come ...Read More

Warren August 27, 2014

ECC building to be ready by start of school

WARREN — While severe rain damaged basements and frustrated residents Aug. 11, the Center Line Public Schools Early Childhood Center on Cunningham Street also fell victim to the flooding.There was extensive damage to ...Read More

Warren August 27, 2014

Residents remember 1967 flood in Warren

WARREN — Irene Nason was high and dry in her home on James Street after torrential rains soaked metro Detroit and left parts of Warren flooded earlier this month.But that wasn’t the case in 1967, when a deluge ...Read More

Metro Detroit August 26, 2014

Runoff from storm could cause algae blooms

METRO DETROIT — The storm event that swept through metro Detroit Aug. 11 overwhelmed the sewer and drainage systems throughout the region, causing wastewater to flow out to the surface and mix with the stormwater.That ...Read More

Sterling Heights August 26, 2014

Sterling Heights assesses flood damages

STERLING HEIGHTS — The city of Sterling Heights is asking for residents’ help in documenting damage that occurred in the wake of the recent flood that was caused by an estimated 5 inches of rain.In a summary ...Read More

Royal Oak August 26, 2014

Trash pickup back on schedule sooner than expected

When Rizzo Environmental Services was planning to send a fleet of trucks to Royal Oak and other communities hardest hit by the flood, it had planned to make only a significant dent in the backlog of trash since the Aug. 11 flood. ...Read More

Macomb County August 26, 2014

County assesses damage after flood

MACOMB COUNTY — “We have a huge concern on our hands.”Those were the words of Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, who, during a media event near the Fairfield Road overpass in Warren Aug. 15, made it ...Read More

St. Clair Shores August 26, 2014

Basement flooded? File a claim, city says

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With trash lining the streets more than a week after the flood, city officials say they are looking for those who experienced damages from basement flooding to make their claims known.“We do ...Read More

Royal Oak August 25, 2014

City provides updates on flood damage, where to turn for help

ROYAL OAK — Discussion of the record rainfall and subsequent flood a week earlier dominated the Aug. 18 City Commission meeting, stretching the relatively thin agenda into more than two hours.Officials used the ...Read More

Clawson August 25, 2014

Council invites county water officials to discuss flood

CLAWSON — In its first meeting since the Aug. 11 flood, City Council invited Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office officials on Aug. 19 to discuss what happened to the county drain during the record ...Read More

Warren August 22, 2014

Councilman floats flood assistance loan plan

WARREN — Talk about rainy days.Warren got one and then some Aug. 11, when more than 5 inches of water fell from the sky and flooded basements, swamped cars, closed roads and left residents stranded.City Council ...Read More

Warren August 22, 2014

Residents shocked at magnitude of loss

WARREN — Neighborhood by neighborhood, street by street, the sight was the same. And so were the stories of devastating, heartbreaking loss.Days after a summer rainstorm brought a historic amount of water down from ...Read More

Hazel Park August 22, 2014

Madison Heights, Hazel Park deal with aftermath of flood

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — In the wake of the storm Aug. 11, the cities of Madison Heights and Hazel Park have been assessing the damage done to private and public property alike, forwarding the data to county, state ...Read More

Royal Oak August 21, 2014

After floodwater recedes, community rises

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — There really was nothing Matt Cahaney could do but watch the rain fall hard for hours on end.As it overwhelmed the stormwater system, Matt, along with his wife, Cathy, tried to suck up the water ...Read More

Troy August 20, 2014

Troy declares state of emergency in wake of flooding

Troy resident Dona Wells, whose home at 14 Mile near Stephenson was flooded with 8 inches of raw sewage, counts herself lucky.She said her neighbor had more than 4 feet of sewage in his basement.Wells praised the ...Read More

Metro Detroit August 19, 2014

Local experts share insight on flood safety, prevention tips

METRO DETROIT — A flood can develop quickly, as the metro Detroit region recently discovered following record-breaking rainfall on Aug. 11. In a matter of hours — or even minutes — water can rapidly take over an area, stranding motorists, closing local roads and major freeways, and seeping into basements and businesses. ...Read More

Warren August 18, 2014

Warren schools fend off most flooding during downpour

WARREN — As heavy rains fell across metro Detroit Aug. 11, several buildings in Warren Woods Public Schools endured water damage as a result of leaking roofs and flooding from the downpour.According to WWPS ...Read More