Flood & Disaster Relief Initiatives & Programs

How to Handle Flooding Issues

Please monitor conditions in your neighborhood if the weather forecast shows rain. If the sanitary drain on your street is clogged, backing up due to heavy rainfall, or flooding into your yard; please contact the Washtenaw County Water Resource Department, who manages the storm drains, at 734.222.6860. If you are experiencing a backup or flooding in your basement, please contact the Pittsfield Township Utilities Department immediately at 734.822.3105, or 734.822.2107 after hours.

We are currently asking homeowners of affected properties to document and take photos of all damages and submit a claim form to Pittsfield Charter Township, along with photos and any other documentation. Completed forms, photos, and all other documentation should be submitted to utilities@pittsfield-mi.gov..

Relief Initiatives and Programs

Quick Links to Helpful Publications and Websites for Disaster Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has compiled helpful publications and websites for survivors of the July 2021 flooding event in Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Additional information for homeowners is available by viewing FEMA's Protect Against a Flood Infographic.

August 9, 2021 Update: Gov. Whitmer Announces Washtenaw Residents Affected by Flood can Apply for One-Time Food Assistance Payment

Low-income residents of Wayne and Washtenaw counties who were affected by recent flooding and are not already receiving food assistance benefits soon can apply for federal Disaster Food Assistance Program benefits, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will accept in-person applications only during specified hours based on the applicant’s last name at locations in Wayne and Washtenaw counties on seven specific dates from Thursday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 19.

Learn more, including on which dates & times applications will be accepted, by viewing the press release in its entirety or viewing the Disaster Food Assistance Benefits flyer.

July 19, 2021 Update: FEMA Teams in Southeast Michigan Helping Survivors Apply for Disaster Assistance

Washtenaw County residents affected by the severe storms and flooding of June 25-26 may register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 800.621.3362 between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM ET seven days a week or online at FEMA's Individual Assistance page. County residents have sixty days from incident’s date to submit a claim. Make sure that all claim information is filled out completely with required documentation, as FEMA’s claim appeal process can take up to 90 days.

FEMA has sent Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams to Washtenaw and Wayne counties, where survivors of the June 25-26 severe storms and flooding are now eligible for Individual Assistance. These teams will be visiting homes, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in impacted areas to help residents register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state, and voluntary agencies for additional support. Like all FEMA personnel, DSA team members can be identified by their official federal photo ID badge and the FEMA logo on their shirts/vests. They will ask survivors for some personal information needed for registration, including: Social Security number, annual income and bank information, as well as names of occupants of the impacted property. Survivors should always ask to see official identification before providing any personal information.

Survivors can also register by:

  • Visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or using the FEMA mobile app.
  • Calling 800.621.3362 (800.462.7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM ET, seven days a week.

For more information about Michigan’s recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4607.                                    

MDHHS Emergency Relief Assistance

Low-income residents affected by recent flooding in Michigan may be eligible for emergency relief assistance through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The State Emergency Relief program provides immediate help to families and individuals facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety. It is available to eligible residents that need help with home repairs necessary to correct unsafe conditions and restore essential services. Applicants must be the owner or purchaser of the home and meet other eligibility requirements - including income limits - to qualify.

More information is available from the MDHHS by viewing the press release in its entirety.

Flood Resources for Washtenaw County Residents Compiled by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) 

The OCED have complied a number of resources available to residents affected by flooding, and made that information available on their website.

Report Damage to Your Home

As part of the request for a State declaration, Washtenaw County needs to collect as much information as possible about the extent of damage that has occurred in our community. Residents are encouraged to self-report damage to their home as a result of recent storms. County employees will use this information to prioritize areas for formal damage assessments as they continue to work with the State of Michigan to pursue additional resources.