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About 40% of homes and commercial properties in
In cities near
Flooding destroyed water heaters, furnaces and major appliances. Some residents who have never had a problem before with flooding saw their basements ruined.
-- Insurance: Many flooded basements won't be covered
At Lowe's Home Improvement in
"We've been able to get emergency shipments from our distribution center," manager
"There are lots of questions," said
O'Reilly said that the storm was a once-in-lifetime type of event, and so it would be unfair to blame the city for the problems.
"The system was operating the best it could, but the volume overwhelmed it," he said.
The city said that residents can fill out forms detailing property damage for potential reimbursement at www.cityofdearborn.org or visit the legal department at
He cautioned that many might not get assistance because of the uniqueness of the storm.
Two police cars and one ambulance were ruined while making emergency runs because of water reaching their engine, Paletko said.
Police used boats to rescue people in homes and cars, he said.?
According to a post on the city of
The company services communities in
Munem said the debris is being taken to closer disposal sites so trucks can return to the communities faster, but closer is not always as cost effective. He said items may be taken to the
When asked if communities could face extra cost from the enormous amount of trash pickup, Munem said some may be requested for additional costs.
"This is a very significant expense," he said, adding that the amount of debris being picked up is "significantly more than you'd see on a regular day. Not only that, it's heavy. It's all heavy ... It's awful."
Munem said workers, many impacted by flooding at their own homes, are wearing protective gear, such as gloves, to pick up the heavier-than-normal debris.
He said the company is tracking the amount of debris it is picking up for each community, but does not have a total today.
Munem said with the state of emergency declarations, the communities may be able to receive state or federal money to cover the cost of police and fire overtime and other related expenses, such as trash pickup, from the flooding.
Starting today in
The county is encouraging all residents and businesses who suffered damage from the heavy rain and flood to use an online reporting tool.
The Damage Assessment Report Form can be found on the Emergency Management website at http://oemc.macombgov.org. A hard copy of the form is available at all local government offices.
The purpose of the reporting form is to collect information only for reporting to the state and
is not a mechanism for any type of reimbursement of financial assistance, the county said.
The county also established a damage assessment reporting center at the
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