Returning Home after a Flood
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT NEWAYGO COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES
Our community has been devastated by widespread flooding. This remains an active emergency in many areas. Newaygo County is under a Local Disaster Declaration. This allows emergency officials to implement emergency protective measures, help bring in additional resources, and start the request for additional assistance. Our main concern is the safety of you and your family. As you enter your home and begin cleanup, for your safety, please follow the below guidance from the District 10 Public Health Department, Newaygo County Building Inspector’s Office, American Red Cross, and Newaygo County Emergency Services.
If your home has sustained damage, please report it by filing a report at http://www.countyofnewaygo.com/ReportDamage.aspx
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW:
UPDATED ROAD CLOSED LIST AS OF 03-18-19:
• 12 Mile Rd. between Maple Island and Dickinson Ave.
• Luce Ave. and 80th St.
• Croswell Ave. just north of 48th St.
• Ramshorn Dr. north of 32nd St. to the City Limits of Fremont
• Dickinson Ave. between Baseline and 8th St.
• 80th St. between Warner Ave. and Luce Ave.
• Osborn Ave. between Baseline and 1 Mile Rd.
• Osborn Ave. and 2 Mile Rd.
• Baldwin Ave. between Baseline and 8th St. (not closed but water over the road and signs up)
Access and re-entry
Trained field damage assessment teams will assess all homes, businesses, roadways and bridges for damage as soon as the area is no longer impacted by flood waters. Based on safety considerations, damage assessment teams in conjunction with public safety officials will determine if it is safe to grant access to a specific area. Field Damage Assessment teams will also post each home and business with either a Certificate of Re-Entry or a Certificate of Inspection.
As you re-enter your home, please proceed with caution and look for the following hazards:
If you identify any safety issues within your home or would like an internal safety inspection, please contact the Newaygo County EOC at 231-689-7354 for further assistance.
Homes and businesses which have been posted with a Certificate of Inspection will require additional safety inspections by the Building Inspector’s Office, Environmental Health Sanitarian, or State Inspector’s Office prior to being allowed to return. These initial inspections are free of charge and are for the safety of the homeowner and/or business.
POWER OUTAGE! In an effort to reduce harm to life and property, authorization has been given to utility companies to de-energize areas impacted by flooding as deemed necessary. If your homes electrical outlets were submerged by floodwaters, power may be shut off to your home in order to prevent a fire. Properties may have their utilities restored upon completion of safety inspections by the Building Inspector’s Office.
Well and Septic
If your well has had standing water around it for more than one day, assume that it is contaminated (flood water may seep into the well around the casting). DO NOT use your well until it has been chlorinated, pumped and sampled. In addition, do not use the sewage system until water in the disposal field is lower that the water level around the house. If you suspect damage to your septic tank, have a professional inspect and service it.
Please contact the District 10 Public Health Department at 689-7300 for information on:
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT:
The American Red Cross is supporting the people of Newaygo County and surrounding areas, that have been affected by flooding. You may see Red Cross volunteers in the community doing damage assessment. Emergency supplies including clean up kits and cases of water are available. If your residence has been affected by flooding, please contact our local dispatch number at 616.899.4511.
Newaygo County has requested National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) agencies for assistance with cleanup for homeowners whom need assistance. If you need as assistance with clean up, please file a report at http://www.countyofnewaygo.com/ReportDamage.aspx
Newaygo County has requested additional resources from the State of Michigan. Additional information will be released once those resources are made available Continue monitoring your radio, Nixle, and Newaygo ES’s Facebook Page for additional information.
Continuing Information Will Be Released Via NIXLE
Newaygo County Emergency Services is coordinating with Consumers Energy and the National Weather Service Grand Rapids Office to actively monitor the changing conditions and communicate information out to residences impacted by the rising floodwaters. As the situation changes, additional information will be released by the Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center utilizing Nixle. Please visit http://www.nixle.com/ to register for alerts and view emergency information for where you live.
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