DEARBORN – With heavy and sudden rains expected in the area the evening of Jan. 10 through late Jan. 11, there is a potential for flooding.
The city recommends the following as preventive measures to minimize damage from possible flooding, especially basement flooding due to backups.
It is recommended that residents keep any valuable or sentimental items highly elevated or completely removed from basements, if possible. Irreplaceable and valuable items should never be stored in a basement.
If you experience flooding in your residence, call the Dearborn Sewer Department at 313-943-2042 during normal operating hours to have it investigated. If it is after hours, call the Dearborn Police Non-Emergency line at 313-943-2100.
In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Homes with interior drainage systems have a house trap under cleanout caps in the basement floor. If a house trap gets dirty or clogged, it can lead to basement flooding, it is recommended that residents ensure it is cleaned to assure the storm drainage system is functioning properly.
If time allows, resident should check all downspouts and make sure they have extensions to carry the water at least three feet from basement walls. Further away is better. Downspouts should not be connected to any pipes going into the ground.
Don’t drive through flooded streets, underpasses
In addition, residents are reminded to avoid driving on flooded streets or underpasses in the event of floods, as moving water can push vehicles causing drivers to lose control. Standing water can hide hazards.
Power outages possible
Residents should also be prepared for potential power outages Jan. 10 to 11 and beyond, due to the potential for an ice storm to affect power lines. The city recommends keeping flashlights with extra batteries, water and non-perishable food on-hand, and to make use of a backup generator as necessary. Follow safety directions for generators.