Weather Alert

Flood Information

 Midland County Flooding Updates – June 15, 6 p.m.

 TDS Telecom Service Restoration Ongoing in Sanford

On Friday evening June 12, services were reconnected ahead of schedule to the North Hope and Sunset Shores areas. TDS service has now been restored to eight out of 10 network areas.

Progress continues at the former central hub site which will serve as the network node for the two remaining serving areas.  TDS is coordinating with the power company to get the electric meter installed. Electricians will need to complete the remaining connections before the TDS team can finalize work on their equipment. They are also making headway on placing fiber to that site. Directional boring is on schedule and aerial work is also progressing.

Residents who live in area that has been restored but are still experiencing service difficulties, should call 1-888-225-5837 to speak with a representative.  Please see the map attached after this release for service location information.

Phone Number for American Red Cross Long-Term Shelter Needs and Immediate Assistance

Residents who are still displaced from their homes and have long-term sheltering needs should be advised that a new phone number is available to call for assistance.

The phone number for the American Red Cross is 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED-CROS):

For Sheltering and Other Immediate Assistance including financial needs, please select the following prompts:

  • Please press “4” for a disaster related need;
  • Then press “1” for assistance related to the spring flooding of 2020;
  • Then press “2” again for assistance related to the spring flooding of 2020; and
  • Press “3” if you are calling for the first time and do not have a case number

Information on the Process for Securing State, Federal Disaster Aid

The process for requesting and receiving state and federal aid begins at the local level with damage assessment and data collection. In Midland County, this process has been led by the Midland County Emergency Operations Center through the submission of damage claims through the online damage assessment portal. Once damage assessments have been completed and compiled together locally, these metrics are sent to the State of Michigan for review. The State of Michigan reviews the amount of damage sustained and exhausts all possible physical and financial resources available at the State level to assist with this disaster. If a need still remains after the State government has exhausted all resources, the State then sends the damage assessment data to the federal government to determine if it qualifies for a federal major disaster declaration from the president. Only if a federal major disaster declaration is received will any federal aid, such as available assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) be available. This is not guaranteed for any disaster.

The process described above can take 30-45 days to complete once out of local control, sometimes longer. As of today, June 15, day 29 since the event began, Governor Whitmer has sent a request to the Whitehouse requesting a major disaster declaration.

Residents may also find this link helpful to understand the FEMA process and the types of aid that may be available should a federal major disaster declaration be made:  www.fema.gov/pdf/rrr/dec_proc.pdf. Residents should not attempt to contact FEMA directly regarding their flood damages.

Property owners with flood damage should contact their insurance agents for coverage information. If insurance will not cover damages, be sure to get a Statement of Denial from the insurance company. Property owners are advised to save all receipts and take photo and video documentation of damages.

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Michigan’s insurance regulatory agency, provides helpful information and possible remedies related to flooding and insurance. Visit www.michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303-12902_71489_71517-350344–,00.html to learn more.

Water Testing Kits for Flooded Groundwater Wells in Midland County

Midland County residents whose groundwater wells were impacted by flood waters should have their water tested to ensure it was not contaminated. Flood waters can contain numerous pathogens, chemicals, and other materials that can make people ill.

Free well testing kits are available through the Midland County Department of Public Health. These kits can be picked up at the County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, by calling 989-832-6380. If a well is found to be contaminated, it must be disinfected before safe water use can resume.

Residents who experience no water service or low water pressure from their groundwater wells should also contact the Department of Public Health.

Reminder: Donation Drop-off & Pick-up Sites Remain Open

The following locations remain open as long-term resource centers for individuals who need access to food, cleaning supplies, water and personal care items.

  • Meridian Elementary School, 3343 N Meridian Road, Sanford: M-F, 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
  • Sanford Senior Center (limited supplies), 3243 N. West River Road, Sanford: M-F, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Greater Midland Community Center (Senior Wing), 2205 Jefferson Ave, Midland: M-F, 10 am – 3 pm
  • West Midland Family Center, 4011 W Isabella Road, Shepherd: M-F, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Greater Midland North Midland Family Center, 2601 E Shearer Road, Midland: M-F, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Greater Midland Coleman Family Center, 4839 N Coleman Schools Drive, Coleman: M-F, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Gladwin – Parking lot behind Forge Fitness, 237 W. Cedar Avenue, Gladwin (Parking lot is at the corner of Arcade Street and Grout Street)

The current list of items needed/items available includes:

 

  • Rakes and Shovels
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Pump Sprayers
  • Crockpots
  • Box Fans
  • Brooms

Clothing donations will not be accepted at this time.

In collaboration with Dow and the Midland Emergency Operations Center (EOC), United Way of Midland County has created a process for those who wish to donate and those in need of items for flood relief. The Supplies Donations Plan provides a framework to collect and distribute donated items to those in need.

Businesses or organizations who wish to donate items must first fill out the Supplies Donations Survey online at www.reliefmidland.org and click the link under Corporate Supplies Donations to complete a donation survey. United Way will be in contact with all survey submissions within 72 hours to discuss next steps. Urgent donations needs will be processed as soon as possible. Individuals should drop off donations only at the locations listed above.

Apply for EGLE Permits Before Shoreline Rebuilding on Wixom, Sanford Lakes after Midland Flooding 

LANSING, MICH. Property owners dealing with the impacts of the Midland floods are reminded that some post-flood construction may require permits from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). It is important to go through the state and local permitting process to ensure that repairs and other regulated work will meet state regulations for health and safety, and help prevent future damages.   

EGLE staff is prioritizing and expediting post-flooding permitting if a home, building or critical infrastructure is under the immediate threat of failure. Property owners are urged to coordinate with EGLE’s Saginaw Bay District Office if dealing with an emergency situation.  

Work being done within regulated areas such as floodplains, streams, lakes, and wetlands generally requires permits from EGLE. For example, replacing an existing or damaged structure, such as a home, garage or commercial building, within a stream or river are activities that need regulatory approval. 

Other activities within the 100-year floodplain that would require a permit:  

  • Building a new structure such as a home, garage or commercial building.
  • Additions that alter a building’s existing footprint.
  • New or replacement decks, stairs, porches, patios.
  • Filling or grading.
  • Reconstruction or replacement of a failed bridge or culvert, shoreline protection, or filling or grading in low areas, such as bottomland or wetlands.

Activities for flood-damaged areas outside the 100-year floodplain do not require an EGLE floodplain permit. Examples include: 

  • Elevating an existing residence (no fill or grading or increase in the structure’s footprint).
  • Interior repairs to existing structures including elevating structures.
  • New or replacement septic systems below grade.
  • Replacing utilities with no change in grade.
  • Tree and vegetation planting (with no fill added).

It is important to contact a community’s building official if repairing or replacing a damaged structure. Starting repairs without proper permits may be in violation of local codes and ordinances. Depending on how much damage a building has sustained, the permitting and repair requirements may differ.    

For shoreline work on Wixom and Sanford Lakes, the following activities generally require a permit from EGLE: 

  • Dredging, filling or grading on the bottom lands in front of the seawall. Authorization from the landowner (Four Lakes Task Force/Boyce Hydro) must accompany the application. 
  • Replacing a seawall or installing a new one.
  • Installing new rock riprap.

These shoreline activities generally do not need a permit from EGLE:

  • Filling or installing tiebacks behind an existing seawall (landward of the seawall). 
  • Repairing a seawall where the repairs are less than 25 percent of the existing seawall with the same material and with the existing design. 
  • Rock riprap that has been displaced by erosion can be reset or reinstalled. 

For emergency shoreline permits, contact Brian Rudolph of EGLE’s Saginaw District Office at 989-439-6065 or [email protected]. For floodplain permits, contact Joy Brooks at 989-280-1632 or [email protected]. 

To apply for a permit, use EGLE’s MiWaters portal. General information, including sample drawings, is also available. 

Residents should also check with their county Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control office for soil erosion permit requirements: 

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Midland County Collaborates to Offer Flood Relief Resource Centers as Longer-Term Solution

MIDLAND, MICH. – A new process is in place for Midland County community members to access basic needs items in
the aftermath of the flood devastation. Immediately following the historic flood event, Dow and United Way partnered to establish eight initial Distribution Sites, which have been operating seven days a week to meet initial emergent needs. This fulfilled the top priority of the
Midland County Emergency Operations Center: get critical supplies into the hands of those most impacted. It was important to have these items available where people live and feel connected, which was the heart behind having Distribution Sites located at numerous locations.
As the community begins transitioning into long-term recovery, Distribution Sites will be consolidated and streamlined to become Resource Centers, which will offer longer-term case management and other services during the rebuild phase.

“United Way is not one organization—it is an alliance of corporations, schools, small business, government, foundations,
individuals and nonprofit partners, all dedicated to creating change in our community,” shared Holly Miller, president
and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “Our strength is in our collaboration. We are working together to ensure
vital services are efficiently deployed to those impacted by this catastrophic flooding event.”

Due to the threat of severe weather, outdoor Distribution Sites were taken down to ensure volunteer and facility safety.
Moving forward, Resource Centers will shift to more permanent structures and will reopen on Thursday, June 11
(weather permitting) at the following locations, with two exceptions noted below:

 Meridian Elementary School, 3343 N Meridian Road, Sanford: M-F, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

 Sanford Senior Center (limited supplies), 3243 N. West River Road, Sanford: M-F, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (reopening Monday 6/15/20)

 Greater Midland Community Center (Senior Wing), 2205 Jefferson Ave, Midland: M-F, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Opening Monday 6/15/20)  West Midland Family Center, 4011 W Isabella Road, Shepherd: M-F, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 Greater Midland North Midland Family Center, 2601 E Shearer Road, Midland: M-F, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 Greater Midland Coleman Family Center, 4839 N Coleman Schools Drive, Coleman: M-F, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Resource Centers will continue to evolve as the needs of our neighbors change.

“Our amazing network of United Way partner agencies have really stepped up,” shared Holly Miller. “They are the
lifeblood for human service and basic needs and will be strong advocates for so many individuals and families who need help.”

To better manage the needs of the community, donations will no longer be accepted at the Resource Centers. If you wish to donate items from the list of needs on unitedwaymidland.org, please contact Beth Sorenson Prince at 989-631-3670 to make arrangements. For unlisted items, connect with The Salvation Army, Home to Stay Housing Assistance Center, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or Goodwill. Visit United Way of Midland County’s website for a complete list of needed items at unitedwaymidland.org

Midland County Flooding Updates – June 5, 3 p.m.

 New Phone Number for American Red Cross Long-Term Shelter Needs

Residents who are still displaced from their homes and have long-term sheltering needs should be advised that a new phone number is available to call for assistance.

The new phone number for the American Red Cross is 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED-CROS).

Please select the following prompts:

  • Please press “4” for a disaster related need;
  • Then press “1” for assistance related to the spring flooding of 2020;
  • Then press “1” again for assistance related to the spring flooding of 2020; and
  • Press “3” if you are calling for the first time and do not have a case number

Update on Test Results from COVID-19 Mass Testing Site

From the Midland County Department of Public Health:

Due to factors out of our control, the laboratory results from the COVID-19 testing clinic held at Dow Diamond May 30 – 31 are not expected to be available until Monday, June 8 at the earliest.  The Midland County Department of Public Health has been in contact with the testing lab daily and will do everything in its power to get the results out quickly.

Final Sunday Hours at Midland Landfill; City Flood Debris Collection Deadline

The Midland Sanitary Landfill will hold its final Sunday hours this Sunday, June 7, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for all customers who wish to dispose of trash, yard waste, and flood debris. It will resume its regular operating hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – noon beginning Monday, June 8.

Both residential and commercial customers can visit the Landfill to dispose of trash, yard waste, and flood debris at this time. All customers dropping off waste, including flood debris, will be required to report where the waste originated from for State of Michigan reporting requirements.

Due to the high anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant. Please be patient.

Residents in the City of Midland should have their flood-damaged items set at the curb by Sunday, June 14 to receive curbside flood debris collection. Final collection will begin on Monday, June 15.

The Sanitary Landfill is located at 4311 E. Ashman Street and is a service of the City of Midland. For more information, please visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/landfill.

Information on the Process for Securing State, Federal Disaster Aid

The process for requesting and receiving state and federal aid begins at the local level with damage assessment and data collection. In Midland County, this process has been led by the Midland County Emergency Operations Center through the submission of damage claims through the online damage assessment portal. Once damage assessments have been completed and compiled together locally, these metrics are sent to the State of Michigan for review. The State of Michigan reviews the amount of damage sustained and exhausts all possible physical and financial resources available at the State level to assist with this disaster. If a need still remains after the State government has exhausted all resources, the State then sends the damage assessment data to the federal government to determine if it qualifies for a federal major disaster declaration from the president. Only if a federal major disaster declaration is received will any federal aid, such as available assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) be available. This is not guaranteed for any disaster.

The process described above can take 30-45 days to complete once out of local control, sometimes longer. Today, June 5, is Day 17.

Residents may also find this link helpful to understand the FEMA process and the types of aid that may be available should a federal major disaster declaration be made:  www.fema.gov/pdf/rrr/dec_proc.pdf. Residents should not attempt to contact FEMA directly regarding their flood damages.

Property owners with flood damage should contact their insurance agents for coverage information. If insurance will not cover damages, be sure to get a Statement of Denial from the insurance company. Property owners are advised to save all receipts and take photo and video documentation of damages.

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Michigan’s insurance regulatory agency, provides helpful information and possible remedies related to flooding and insurance. Visit www.michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303-12902_71489_71517-350344–,00.html to learn more.

Water Testing Kits for Flooded Groundwater Wells in Midland County

Midland County residents whose groundwater wells were impacted by flood waters should have their water tested to ensure it was not contaminated. Flood waters can contain numerous pathogens, chemicals, and other materials that can make people ill.

Free well testing kits are available through the Midland County Department of Public Health. These kits can be picked up at the County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, by calling 989-832-6380. If a well is found to be contaminated, it must be disinfected before safe water use can resume.

Residents who experience no water service or low water pressure from their groundwater wells should also contact the Department of Public Health.

TDS Telecom Service Restoration Ongoing in Sanford

Progress continues on the relocated TDS temporary hub site. Two HVAC units have been installed and switching equipment is being mounted on racks. Electrical service is still needed to power the equipment. Teams also continue to work to repair, reroute, and splice the network cable. Service restoration is dependent upon a number of elements and more information will be shared regarding the restoration timeline next week.

Although the location of the new hub site will not be shared for safety and security reasons, TDS is and remains a part of the Sanford area for 34 years. Its employees live and work in the community and remain dedicated to delivering great communications services to its customers.

Reminder: Donation Drop-off & Pick-up Sites Remain Open

The following locations remain open as both drop-off sites for individuals who wish to donate the items listed above and pick-up sites for individuals who need access to these supplies. These sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road
  • Coleman High School, 4951 N. Lewis Road
  • Sanford Senior Center, 3243 N. West River Road
  • Meridian Elementary School, 3343 N. Meridian Road
  • North Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Road
  • Gladwin – Parking lot behind Forge Fitness, 237 W. Cedar Avenue, Gladwin (Parking lot is at the corner of Arcade Street and Grout Street)
  • Midland High School, 1301 Eastlawn Drive
  • Bullock Creek High School, 1420 S. Badour Road

The current list of items needed/items available includes:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Food
  • Water
  • Personal care items
  • Household goods

Clothing donations will not be accepted at this time.

In collaboration with Dow and the Midland Emergency Operations Center (EOC), United Way of Midland County has created a process for those who wish to donate and those in need of items for flood relief. The Supplies Donations Plan provides a framework to collect and distribute donated items to those in need.

Businesses or organizations who wish to donate items must first fill out the Supplies Donations Survey online at www.reliefmidland.org and click the link under Corporate Supplies Donations to complete a donation survey. United Way will be in contact with all survey submissions within 72 hours to discuss next steps. Urgent donations needs will be processed as soon as possible. Individuals should drop off donations only at the locations listed above.

Additional Vaccine Clinics in Midland County

The Midland County Department of Public Health will be hosting additional vaccine clinics to provide vaccinations that can protect residents in the event they are injured while working in flood-contaminated areas. Injuries sustained in unsanitary conditions carry a risk of contracting a disease. Vaccines for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and Hepatitis A will be available at all clinics.

Dates and locations for the clinics are:

  • Monday, June 8: North Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Road, Midland from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Sanford Senior Center, 3243 West River Road, Sanford from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 9: Coleman High School, 4951 N. Lewis Road, Coleman from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road, Shepherd, from 1 – 4 p.m.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for vaccinations.

Well Testing Kits for Groundwater Wells in Midland County

 Midland County residents whose groundwater wells were impacted by flood waters should have their water tested to ensure it was not contaminated. Flood waters can contain numerous pathogens, chemicals, and other materials that can make people ill.

Free well testing kits are available through the Midland County Department of Public Health. These kits can be picked up at the County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, by calling 989-832-6380. If a well is found to be contaminated, it must be disinfected before safe water use can resume.

Residents who experience no water service or low water pressure from their groundwater wells should also contact the Department of Public Health.

For previous updates, flood response information, and details on release efforts, please visit the following resources:

 

      www.midland911.org

  • www.cityofmidlandmi.gov
  • www.co.midland.mi.us
  • Facebook channels for the following entities:
    • Midland County Emergency Management (MI)
    • Midland County 911
    • City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government
  • Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI
  • Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI
  • Call 2-1-1
  • Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com

Additional Vaccine Clinics Planned for Midland County

The Midland County Department of Public Health will be hosting additional vaccine clinics to provide vaccinations that can protect residents in the event they are injured while working in flood-contaminated areas. Injuries sustained in unsanitary conditions carry a risk of contracting a disease. Vaccines for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and Hepatitis A will be available at all clinics.

Dates and locations for the clinics are:

  • Wednesday, June 3: Meridian Public Schools Administration Building, 3361 N. Meridian Road, Sanford from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 4: Midland High School, 1301 Eastlawn Drive, Midland from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Bullock Creek High School, 1420 S. Badour Road, Midland from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Friday, June 5:  Jerome Township Fire Station 1, 725 Irish Street, Sanford from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, June 8: North Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Road, Midland from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Sanford Senior Center, 3243 West River Road, Sanford from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 9: Coleman High School, 4951 N. Lewis Road, Coleman from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road, Shepherd, from 1 – 4 p.m.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for vaccinations.

For previous updates, flood response information, and details on release efforts, please visit the following resources:
www.midland911.org

  • www.cityofmidlandmi.gov
  • www.co.midland.mi.us
  • Facebook channels for the following entities:
    • Midland County Emergency Management (MI)
    • Midland County 911
    • City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government
  • Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI
  • Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI
  • Call 2-1-1
  • Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.

Boil Advisory Lifted for All Customers in Water District #1

 

The boil water advisory for residents in Water District #1 in Hope and Edenville townships has been lifted at this time.

Should additional boil advisories be warranted, information will be provided via local media and radio channels as well as posted on the Water District #1 website, www.waterdistrictone.org.

Mental Health Resources for Midland County Residents

 Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (CMHCM) is offering a variety of services to its communities via telephone and teletherapy options during this challenging time. In addition to existing service, CMHCM is now offering short-term brief therapy at no cost to residents in Midland, Gladwin, Isabella, Clare, Mecosta, and Osceola counties.

Community members will have access to up to four sessions of free therapy to address mental health needs related to current difficult times.  Please contact the local CMHCM office to inquire about this service.

The following Crisis Intervention Services remain available:

  • CMHCM-24-7 Crisis Mobile Intervention Team Services (CMIT).  If you or someone you know is having a crisis, the CMHCM CMIT staff can assess, safety plan and connect you with services. CMIT is available 24-7 and can be reached by calling your local CMHCM phone number.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24-7 at 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis text line is available 24-7 by texting home to 741741
  • National Disaster Distress helpline is available at 1-800-958-5950
  • COVID-19 Helpline is available at 1-800-535-6136 or by text at 66746

A statewide peer-operated warm line is available at 1-888-733-7753, which is operated by individuals in recovery who are available to connect one on one with residents

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SAGINAW COUNTY FLOOD RESPONSE UPDATE 6/1/2020:

Saginaw County Emergency Management has been working with local jurisdictions and local non-profits to
evaluate damage from the recent flooding as well as what unmet needs members of our community are
experiencing. We have been encouraged by the outpouring of assistance to flood victims by local charitable
organizations and neighbors and would hope that support continues while we work to get programs into the
areas that can also provide assistance.
Below are updates on flood related topics:

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS
Teams conducted Damage Assessment over 2 ½ days last week visiting over 600 homes and businesses
that were impacted by the recent flood. Assessments were made using a common scale to show the level
of damage of each property visited. Residents and businesses can still use the self-reporting survey located
at www.saginawcounty.com/emhsd if they have not already done so. The self-reporting surveys, along with
the assessments completed last week, will be reviewed by the state and FEMA to get a picture of the overall
flood impact on Saginaw County.
These assessments are the first of a multi-step process to determine if a Presidential Disaster will be declared
for Saginaw County. Please do not call FEMA directly as FEMA will not be directly involved in Saginaw
County until a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made.
CLEAN-UP ASSISTANCE
Local organizations and volunteers have been providing clean-up assistance to residents since water levels
have receded. It is important that structures are dried completely to prevent mold growth. If you have not
started clean-up already, do not wait! All items soaked by flood waters should be removed to allow the
structure to dry. We are working to get national volunteer organizations into the area that have experience with post flood
clean-up, although this also is a multi-step process. These organizations can help with clean-out of flood
debris and mold remediation. If you are still in need of assistance with clean-up and you have not already done so, you can register with
211. These national organizations will use the list established through 211 to determine the need for cleanup assistance.

DEBRIS DISPOSAL
Jurisdictions hit by the floodwaters have already begun dealing with debris management. This has included
placing dumpsters in various locations and scheduling or conducting special curbside pickup dates.
 Thomas Twp residents who still have flood debris; there will be a special curbside pickup on June 6th
Residents can go to the Thomas Twp website, www.thomastwp.org, or the township’s Facebook page
for additional information.
 Saginaw Township completed the first special curbside pickup today. Additional pick-ups may be
scheduled if needed. Additional information can be found on Saginaw Township’s Facebook page as
it becomes available.
 James Twp is continuing to review disposal needs with Mid-Michigan Waste Authority. Residents can
follow updates on the James Township website, www.jamestownship.org/public_notices.
 Spaulding Twp has placed dumpsters on M-13 across from Eastwind restaurant to be used for flood
debris only.
 Tittabawassee Twp has provided dumpsters and will be conducting a special pick-up if needed.
Residents can find additional information on Tittabawassee Township’s Facebook page.
HOUSING ASSISTANCE
The Red Cross is currently providing short-term housing assistance for residents who have been displaced
due to the flood. If you need assistance with short-term housing, you should call 211 or the Red Cross
directly at 1-833-583-3111.
DONATIONS AND SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTION
The United Way of Saginaw and Saginaw Community Foundation have been collecting donated supplies to
assist those impacted by the recent flooding. A donation and distribution site has been set up at the Freeland
Sportzone, 5690 Midland Rd. Hours of operation for this site are Tuesday 9A-2P and Thursday 12P-6P.
Donations of cleaning supplies (mops, buckets, brooms), towels, linens, fans, personal care items, and baby
diapers are still needed.
People wishing to donate money to flood recovery efforts can do so at the United Way of Saginaw’s website
www.unitedwaysaginaw.org or through the Saginaw Community Foundation www.saginawfoundation.org.

Potable Water Stations Available in Edenville

Midland County residents without water service can get potable water at both Edenville
Township fire stations.
These stations are located at:
 420 Moore Street
 4708 N. Lake Sanford Road
Residents should bring their own containers for transporting water.
Assistance for Residents with Non-Functioning Wells
Residents who are experiencing issues with their groundwater wells should contact the Midland
County Department of Public Health at 989-832-6380 to report their concerns. A member of
Environmental Health will be dispatched to assist property owners with options.
TDS Telecom Service Restoration Ongoing in Sanford
TDS Telecom will continue work on its temporary equipment hub site Saturday, May 30. Switch
equipment is currently being delivered and work on electrical and HVAC systems is ongoing.
Additional TDS staff will be on-site to aid in and continue network assessment.

REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS RELEASES:
Construction Permits and Inspections for Flood-Damaged Properties and Infrastructure
Property owners in Midland County are reminded that they should secure all required permits
and inspections as they make repairs and replace infrastructure in their homes and businesses.
The process for requesting these services is outlined below.
Midland County:
Residents in townships, the City of Coleman, or the Village of Merrill are encouraged to contact
a licensed building contractor or restoration company to obtain the needed permits for their
homes and businesses. To schedule an inspection or apply for a permit, contact the Township
Code Authority of Midland County at 989-837-6521 or contact the appropriate department.
Individual inspection departments can be reached as follows:
 Plumbing/mechanical – 989-246-4817
 Electrical – 989-737-6375
 Building – 989-313-2168
To find building permit applications forms, building permit and inspection information coverage
areas, and more, please visit www.townshipcodeauthority.com.

City of Midland:
To schedule a building inspection or apply for a building permit related to the recent flooding
event in the City of Midland, residents should call the Building Department at 989-837-3383 and
leave a voicemail message regarding their project or email the appropriate staff member.

Individual inspectors can be reached as follows:
 Steve Taglauer, Chief Building Official – [email protected]
 Mike Streeter, Electrical Inspector – [email protected]
 Jim Armstrong, Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector – [email protected]
For fire safety inspections and other plans related to fire safety, please contact Midland Fire
Department Fire Marshal Tony Lelo at 989-837-3413 or [email protected]
To find City building permit applications forms, building permit and inspection information, and
more, please visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/building. For fire department permit and inspection
information, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/fire. Fees will be waived for all City permits related
to flood damage.

Donation Information
Beginning Wednesday, May 27, the following locations will serve as both drop-off sites for
individuals who wish to donate the items listed above and pick-up sites for individuals who need
access to these supplies. These sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at
the following locations:
 West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road
 Coleman High School, 4951 N. Lewis Road
 Sanford Senior Center, 3243 N. West River Road
 Meridian Elementary School, 3343 N. Meridian Road
 North Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Road
 Gladwin – Parking lot behind Forge Fitness, 237 W. Cedar Avenue, Gladwin (Parking lot
is at the corner of Arcade Street and Grout Street)
 Midland High School, 1301 Eastlawn Drive
 Bullock Creek High School, 1420 S. Badour Road
The current list of items needed includes:
 Personal protective equipment (PPE)
 Cleaning supplies
 Food
 Water
 Personal care items
 Household goods
Clothing donations will not be accepted at this time.
In collaboration with Dow and the Midland Emergency Operations Center (EOC), United Way of
Midland County has created a process for those who wish to donate and those in need of items
for flood relief. The Supplies Donations Plan provides a framework to collect and distribute
donated items to those in need.
Businesses or organizations who wish to donate items must first fill out the Supplies Donations
Survey online at www.reliefmidland.org and click the link under Corporate Supplies Donations to
complete a donation survey. United Way will be in contact with all survey submissions within 72
hours to discuss next steps. Urgent donations needs will be processed as soon as possible.
Individuals should drop off donations only at the locations listed above.

Midland Sanitary Landfill Hours Extended to Sunday
The Midland Sanitary Landfill is currently open during its regular operating hours, daily

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Landfill will be open Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from 8 a.m. – 4
p.m. Customers accessing the Landfill will be required to show proof of Midland County
residency. Debris generated outside of Midland County will not be accepted. Due to the high
anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant.
Due to the presence of heavy equipment and the high volume of vehicle traffic and debris in
flood-damaged areas in the City of Midland, customers with Friday refuse, Friday Week 4
recycling collection, and yard waste collection who live on streets where significant amounts of
flood debris remain at the curb may not receive regular refuse and yard waste collection on
Friday, May 29. These residents will see collection resume once debris collection has
completed in their area.

Shower Facilities Available
Displaced residents in need of shower facilities may access showers at the following locations
during the specified hours:
 North Midland Family Center – 2601 E. Shearer Rd, Midland
o Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
 West Midland Family Center – 4011 W. Isabella Rd, Shepherd
o Open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Rest Station Available
Meridian High School, 3303 N. Meridian Road in Sanford, is open as a rest station daily from 9
a.m. – 4 p.m. providing Wi-Fi, electrical charging stations,, and water resources.
For previous updates, flood response information, and details on release efforts, please visit the
following resources:
 www.midland911.org
 www.cityofmidlandmi.gov
 www.co.midland.mi.us
 Facebook channels for the following entities:
o Midland County Emergency Management (MI)
o Midland County 911
o City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government
 Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI
 Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI
 Call 2-1-1
 Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com

 

Rest Station Available
Meridian High School, 3303 N. Meridian Road in Sanford, is open as a rest station daily from 9
a.m. – 4 p.m. providing Wi-Fi, electrical charging stations,, and water resources.
For previous updates, flood response information, and details on release efforts, please visit the
following resources:
 www.midland911.org
 www.cityofmidlandmi.gov
 www.co.midland.mi.us
 Facebook channels for the following entities:
o Midland County Emergency Management (MI)
o Midland County 911
o City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government
 Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI
 Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI
 Call 2-1-1
 Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com

City of Midland

To schedule a building inspection or apply for a building permit related to the recent flooding event in the City of Midland, residents should call the Building Department at 989-837-3383 and leave a voicemail message regarding their project or email the appropriate staff member.

Individual inspectors can be reached as follows:

For fire safety inspections and other plans related to fire safety, please contact Midland Fire Department Fire Marshal Tony Lelo at 989-837-3413 or [email protected].

To find City building permit applications forms, building permit and inspection information, and more, please visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/building. For fire department permit and inspection information, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/fire.  Fees will be waived for all City permits related to flood damage.

Midland County Damage Assessment

Midland County Emergency Management is taking damage reports for the recent flooding in Midland County. If you are a homeowner, business, or non-profit organization that has sustained any damage or loss as a result of the flood, please visit the Flood Damage Assessment Tool link at the following locations:

Top of the County of Midland website: www.co.midland.mi.us

Residents and businesses are reminded to thoroughly document damage prior to demolition and restoration projects using written documentation, receipts, photos, and videos. This step is extremely important to assist in possibly receiving federal funding for Midland County.

Once you click the link, you will be directed to a map. Enter the property address and search for the damaged property. When the property is found, a pop-up box will appear. Click the link “Click here to fill out a damage report” to be directed to the online form to report flood damage. The form takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete and includes a section to provide photos of flood damage. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact 2-1-1 for assistance in completing the form.

Volunteer Information

All volunteers wanting to assist with flood cleanup in the greater Sanford area should report each day to one of two volunteer check-in locations:  Sanford Family Pharmacy parking lot, 28 West Saginaw Road; or at the intersection of W. Center and Oak streets.  Each volunteer will be assigned a clean-up site based upon their ability. Both volunteer check-in sites are open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To sign up for other volunteer opportunities related to the Midland County flooding event, please visit www.reliefmidland.org.

Donation Information

In collaboration with Dow and the Midland Emergency Operations Center (EOC), United Way of Midland County has created a process for those who wish to donate and those in need of items for flood relief. The Supplies Donations Plan provides a framework to collect and distribute donated items to those in need.

The current list of items needed includes:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Food
  • Water
  • Personal care items
  • Household goods

Clothing donations will not be accepted at this time.

Beginning Wednesday, May 27, the following locations will serve as both drop-off sites for individuals who wish to donate the items listed above and pick-up sites for individuals who need access to these supplies. These sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road
  • Coleman High School, 4951 N. Lewis Road
  • Sanford Senior Center, 3243 N. West River Road
  • Meridian Elementary School, 3343 N. Meridian Road
  • North Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Road
  • Gladwin – Parking lot behind Forge Fitness, 237 W. Cedar Avenue, Gladwin (Parking lot is at the corner of Arcade Street and Grout Street)
  • Midland High School, 1301 Eastlawn Drive
  • Bullock Creek High School, 1420 S. Badour Road

Businesses or organizations who wish to donate items must first fill out the Supplies Donations Survey online at www.reliefmidland.org and click the link under Corporate Supplies Donations to complete a donation survey. United Way will be in contact with all survey submissions within 72 hours to discuss next steps. Urgent donations needs will be processed as soon as possible.

Individuals should drop off donations only at the locations listed above. Businesses and organizations should complete the Supplies Donation Survey and should not simply show up at locations with donations. While well-intended, doing so can create confusion and ultimately cause more harm than good. The Supplies Donations Plan exists in order to get much-need items in the hands of those who need it most.

Ongoing Safety Concerns for Dams, Lakes

Due to imminent danger of flash flooding and further dam erosion and collapse, persons should not be in, on, or around the Edenville and Sanford Dams or walking and recreating in the Wixom and Sanford Lake beds. Rapid changes in water levels and ongoing flows from Beaverton Dam, the Tobacco River, and other tributaries are creating significant amounts of erosion to the dam structures still remaining.

Health Information for Flood Clean-up

Displaced residents who have not yet returned to their homes may do so, taking into consideration the safety of the structure and condition of utilities. The Midland County Department of Public Health urges residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the dangers of floodwater.  Floodwaters contain many things that harm human health, so it is important to take all precautions possible during cleanup activities to protect from injury or disease.  There are many resources available to help guide residents through this difficult process safely. Please visit the following sites for more detailed information on flood clean-up:

Road Closures

A number of road closures remain in effect throughout Midland County and a few in the City of Midland.   Please visit www.midland911.org for a full list of road closures.  Residents are advised to continue to obey all road closure signs and to stay clear of standing water, flooded areas, and debris left in the roadway.  Do not attempt to drive or walk through standing water.  Residents should take extra precaution where electrical items may be submerged.

Debris Disposal Information

The Midland Sanitary Landfill is currently open during its regular operating hours, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., as well as Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. until further notice. Customers accessing the Landfill will be required to show proof of Midland County residency. Debris generated outside of Midland County will not be accepted. Due to the high anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant.

In the City of Midland, residents may set flood debris and brush at the curb for collection. Volumes of flood debris at the curb are very heavy and crews are working seven days a week to provide collection. Crews will return to affected neighborhoods to provide multiple rounds of collection until all flood debris is collected. Due to the ever-changing nature of this task, it is difficult to predict when crews will collection in a particular area for collection.  Regular heavy item and brush collection for non-flood related items has been suspended citywide until further notice.

Please be patient as crews will make their way to all affected areas. Any debris at the curb should be considered contaminated with flood waters and a potential hazard.

The Village of Sanford has dumpsters available downtown and volunteers available to assist with removal of items from residents’ vehicles. Curbside collection of flood debris will also be provided for village residents. Residents with flood debris should place their items at the curb for collection. Residents in other areas of Midland County should take flood debris and other items to the Midland Sanitary Landfill for disposal.

Please continue to monitor updates and conditions via the following resources:

  • www.cityofmidlandmi.gov
  • Facebook channels for the following entities:
    • Midland County Emergency Management (MI)
    • Midland County 911
    • City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government
  • Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI
  • Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI
  • Call 2-1-1
  • Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com

Heavy Item & Brush Collection Suspended Until Further Notice

May 26, 2020 – Due to ongoing flood debris collection in flood-damaged areas of the City, regular heavy item and brush collection has been suspended until further notice.

Debris collection crews will continue to patrol areas in which flood damage has been reported to collect flood debris from the curb. There is no restriction on items that are set out for flood debris collection. Residents are asked to place liquid items – paint cans, stain cans, etc. – into a box or other container if available and set it apart from other flood debris.

Volumes of flood debris at the curb are very heavy and crews are working seven days a week to provide collection. Crews will return to affected neighborhoods to provide multiple rounds of collection until all flood debris is collected. Due to the ever-changing nature of this task, it is difficult to predict when crews will collection in a particular area for collection.  Please be patient as crews will make their way to all affected areas.

Residents who have not received flood damage are asked not to set heavy items or brush out for collection until further notice. It is unknown at this time when regular heavy item collection will resume.

The Midland Sanitary Landfill is currently open during its regular operating hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., as well as Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. until further notice for residential and commercial customers to dispose of debris, trash, and yard waste. Customers accessing the Landfill will be required to show proof of Midland County residency. Debris generated outside of Midland County will not be accepted. Due to the high anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant.

City of Midland refuse, yard waste, and recycling collection continue as scheduled at this time. As a reminder, stickers are now required on all yard waste bags and bins.  Bin stickers may be purchased by printing and completing the form available at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/yardwaste. Printed forms are also available outside the Municipal Service Center, 4811 N. Saginaw Road.  Forms and payments can be placed into the secure drop box at the Service Center for faster processing. Yard waste bin stickers cannot be renewed online or over the phone at this time.

 

 

Salvation Army Disaster Aid:

The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is aiding individuals and families in Midland County due to the catastrophic flooding caused by the Edenville and Sanford dam failures.

Currently, The Salvation Army is providing meals to those displaced at area hotels, as well as distributing blankets to individuals seeking relief at temporary shelters.

The Salvation Army is currently accepting monetary donations. Supporters can make a tax-deductible contribution to assist families and individuals affected by the flood by:

Visiting www.salmich.org
Texting RELIEF to 24365
Calling 877-SAL-MICH
Sending a check made payable to The Salvation Army, designating “Midland Flood” to 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075
The Salvation Army is partnering with the United Way of Midland County to coordinate volunteers and donations for maximum countywide relief effort. For more information, please call (989) 631-3670.

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE SAGINAW COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Property Owners Can Start Clean-up From the Flood Event

Saginaw County Emergency Management would like to inform property owners that they can
start cleaning up their homes and businesses impacted by the recent flood event. Property
owners are encouraged to document the flood damage by taking pictures and documenting
any evidence of water level and associated damages. Lt. Przybylski does caution any
property owner who is waiting for the Saginaw County Damage Assessment Team to arrive.
The Damage Assessment Team will be arriving sometime this week. Property owners
should not wait until next week to commence the clean-up process, including the removal of
debris and drying of items, to minimize the growth of mold.
Information on flood related documentation can be found at https://www.ready.gov/floods
Water levels in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers continue to fall.

Saginaw County and local officials are working through a damage assessment process to determine the
extent and amount of damage. Residents who can safely get to their house without going down closed roads
or through floodwaters can return to their homes. Residents can assist with the damage assessment process
by completing a self-assessment survey that can be found by following the link at
www.saginawcounty.com/emhsd.
Additional safety and cleaning tips can found at https://www.ready.gov/floods. Also on the Saginaw County
Health Department site at http://www.saginawpublichealth.org/hot-topics/flood-safety/.
Residents who are having difficulty with basic needs are encouraged to contact 211 where they can be
directed to appropriate community agencies that may be able to help.
For information on road closures, please visit the Saginaw County Road Commission website @
https://www.scrc-mi.org/. Continue to monitor media outlets and Saginaw County Emergency Management
Facebook page for updates.

 

The Health Department urges residents to be safe outdoors during and after flooding by staying away from puddles, rivers, and streams; Stay away from downed power lines; Stay away from stray or wild animals, and do not touch dead animals; Never use electrical equipment in wet areas; and do not let children go outdoors alone.

Residents should follow proper clean-up procedures for homes that have experienced flood water damage. All flood waters are considered contaminated and extreme caution should be considered during clean up.

Please follow these tips to protect yourself and your family:

 Test private water well prior to drinking or bathing. SCHD Laboratory can test your water and provide
collection bottles for sampling. Lab services can be reached by calling (989) 758-3825.

 Electrical hazards can be present if your home or basement is flooded or the water has just receded.
Wait until all water has receded before attempting any restoration work and turn off the circuit breakers
on any electrical outlets that may have been flooded.

 Wear disposable gloves and old shoes or rubber boots when working in affected areas.

 Minimize the risk for mold, remove any standing water, and dry indoor areas. Remove and discard
anything that cannot be thoroughly dried. Move objects outdoors to dry.

 Walls and floors should be washed with soap and warm or hot water and disinfected by using an
antibacterial disinfectant.

 Electrical appliances, upholstered furniture, carpeting, non-canned fruits and vegetables that have
been flooded are not salvageable and must be discarded. Clothes, bedding and stuffed toys can be
laundered.

 Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers.

 Thoroughly wash and sanitize all pans, dishes and utensils that came in contact with flood water.

 Throw away any food if there is a chance it came into contact with flood water, including cardboard
juice and milk boxes, baby food and formula jars because they cannot be effectively cleaned and
sanitized.

For further information, call the Health Department’s Environmental Health Services Division at
(989) 758-3686 or visit Flood Safety on the Hot Topics section of our homepage at www.saginawpublichealth.org. Be Wise. Be Well.

 


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