Warren receives $5M to cover flood damage

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Warren — City officials have received a $5 million insurance payment to help the city bounce back from property damage caused by flooding in August, which totaled more than $210 million and hit more than 40 percent of property in the city.

Officials expect more relief within the next few months from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Torrential rain and flooding Aug. 11 damaged the Warren Community Center, Police Department, Courthouse and the wastewater treatment plant, City Controller Rob Maleszyk said.

The payment is the only insurance check the city will receive for property damages, he said.

The majority of the money will be used to repair the Police Department and Courthouse.

“That’s where the majority of the damages were done,” Maleszyk said.

The Police Department and court had 6 feet of water in the basement.

Maleszyk said money from the federal government will help cover things such as additional sanitation costs and other things related to the clean up and disposal of items ruined by the flood.

Warren, the state’s third most populous city, was among the hardest hit communities in Metro Detroit from the flooding. The final tally showed 22,782 parcels damaged out of 56,940 in the city. The value of the damage was more than $210 million.

Mayor Jim Fouts declared a state of emergency Aug. 12, the day after the deluge. The following day, Snyder declared a state of disaster for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. In September, the White House approved Michigan’s disaster declaration.

Other hard hit communities include Detroit, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Oak Park, Royal Oak, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Center Line and Clinton Township. Royal Oak Schools — with damage at the high and middle schools — had about $2 million in flood damage.

In Dearborn, 7,600 homes were damaged and flood waters damaged 7 percent of Detroit homes.


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