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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Weather service issues flood watch for midnight Jan. 10 as dangerous storm approaches

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The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have issued a flood watch in effect from midnight tonight (January 10) to 4 a.m. Sunday morning (January 12) for Southeastern Michigan.

Possible rainfall this weekend could range between 3-4 inches. Multiple rounds of heavy rains are predicted, all of which could lead to widespread and significant flooding. There is also the possibility of ice and snow Saturday night through Sunday morning, depending how the system travels across Michigan.

Experts are tracking a broad area of heavy rainfall causing for hazardous conditions and flooding. Predicted is a daylong rain on Friday, January 10, followed by much heavier rains all day Saturday, January 11. and into Sunday, January 12.

Weather services are predicting moderate to major river flooding, road closures and basement flooding. Last spring, a similar rainfall dumped similar amounts in a short period of time and caused thousands of street and basement floods across the Downriver region.

The Downriver Utility Wastewater Authority (DUWA), which serves Taylor and a dozen other communities in the region, states that it is preparing the key system components (like pump stations and controls) to deal with the predicted flows. However, given the recent cold weather and the moisture from the snow cover, the heavy rains are expected to have a significant impact on the local wastewater and combined collection system, in addition to flooding along rivers and channels. Basement flooding is predicted.

In addition, if temperatures fall on Saturday (January 11), there is the potential for flood waters to freeze, which will cause additional serious issues, including power outages.

If you have sewer drains on your property, or in the street in front of your home, make sure that they are clear of leaves and debris. If you have drainage ditches on your property, make sure they are clear of leaves.

If you have experienced flooded streets in your neighborhood, attempt to park your vehicles in high-ground areas this weekend (driveways and garages, or even nearby parking lots). If you or your neighbors have experienced basement flooding in the recent past, remove objects from the basement floor and unplug electronic units. Check sump pump and basement drain.

This may turn out to be unnecessary, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Other tips for avoiding flood problems:
• Since leaves are the biggest contributor to clogged gutters, clean the gutters and the drainage downspouts attached to your roof at least twice a year
• Make sure that the ground area within 10 feet of your home slopes away from your home’s foundation
• Extend downspouts at least 10 feet from your home
• Direct water flow from downspouts away from your home, being careful not to discharge the water too close to adjacent property
• Have your roof carefully inspected at least once a year by a capable person to check the roof thoroughly for missing shingles, degraded roof components, separation of the roof from chimneys and exhaust pipes, and other roof problems
• If your house or commercial lot is at risk of flooding from a higher neighboring property, consider building a solid wall masonry fence on the water-vulnerable boundaries of your property
• Preventative landscaping can also help reduce the chance of flooding
• Be vigilant for warning signs of an impending water flood problem. This includes water stains and mold growth on ceilings and walls, the underside of attic roof sheathing, and mold water pooling, water dripping, water leaks, or mold growth anywhere inside your home or business
• Plan ahead. If flooding occurs, be familiar with how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves. Knowing how to do this ahead of time will help you to react quickly and minimize potential damages.



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