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Warren waives permit fees after flooding; Macomb offers cleanup kits

The Detroit News

Macomb County residents cleaning up from the near record-setting rains that caused flooding in a number of cities are getting help with cleanup and repairs.

Warren is waiving some furnace and water heater permit fees and the county Health Department is offering a limited number of free cleanup kits.

Normally, Warren charges an $80 mechanical fee and an $80 electrical fee for furnace replacements, as well as an $80 plumbing fee for water heaters. Those fees will be waived for the rest of this year, Mayor Jim Fouts said in a press release.

“These fees are not much when you consider the thousands of dollars in damage flooding victims face, but it is a good-will gesture by the city that recognizes the financial hardships flooding victims will be experiencing,” Fouts said.

Fouts said among the hundreds of complaints the city gets daily from residents, furnace and water heater damage top the list.

Last year, Warren issued 639 mechanical permits, bringing in $52,645 in revenue for the city, 953 electrical reconnection permits for $46,655 in revenue and 499 water heater plumbing permits equaling $32,431 in revenues.

The cleanup kits include a broom, mop, bleach, bucket, gloves, trash bags and other cleaning supplies.

Up to six inches of rain drenched the metro area more than a week ago, resulting in flooded basements in Warren and Roseville as well as in Oakland and Wayne counties.

Residents can pick up the kits at two Health Department locations, each of which have 150 available while supplies last. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Southwest Health Center, 27690 Van Dyke, Warren and the Southeast Health Center, 25401 Harper, St. Clair Shores.

For information, go to http://www.macombgov.org/publichealth.