DWSD workers prepare for another round of flooding in Metro Detroit

Detroit – Metro Detroit has a more severe weather threat on Tuesday night Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Workers preparing for another flood.

DWSD is calling on residents and businesses to be prepared for heavy rains that could cause flooding. They have to inspect their trains and move objects underground. Make sure there are no debris in nearby basins or on sewers.

Workers assigned to Tuesday afternoon shifts are scheduled to work extended hours and / or two shifts to clear basins, drain water and check city drains.

Here are more tips from DWSD:

How to reduce the impact of flooding

  • Be sure to store more footwear than the floorboards in case of flooding.

    • Store valuables in waterproof containers.

    • Whenever possible, move valuables upstairs before and during the rainy season.

  • If water enters your basement, check your underground drains to make sure they are not clogged and that there are no objects on top of them.

  • Clean your drains and make sure there are no items blocking drains.

  • Clean leaves, debris, and other debris near and above your home or business.

    • Move cars parked in occupied basins.

    • Make sure all items, including garbage and recyclable containers, are in storm drains.

  • Rainstorms can cause debris on the streets and property to be dumped into river basins, causing flooding. That could lead to a shutdown in the city’s sewer system.

  • If the area includes appliances, outlets, or fuses, stay away from groundwater or basement.

How to help reduce sewer closures

  • Do not wash any dirt or toilet paper in your toilet.

  • Do not put anything in the sewers except water – no grease, oils, grease or other debris.

  • You need to take these steps every day, not just during the rainy season.

Flooded suburbs

According to DWSD, infrastructure can be exacerbated by private infrastructure failures. If you have an underground backup, be careful, take photos and, if there is any damage, claim a DWSD damage within 45 days, experts say.


DWSD officials said that underground storage can occur for a number of reasons, including sealed private sewer service lines, underground wall cracks, stacking issues, hurricane cracks or other private infrastructure issues. In some cases, this may be due to demand in the public sewer system, according to DWSD.

DWSD reports that 90% of underground reserve issues are caused by private infrastructure failures. Property owners take over the sewerage infrastructure from the structure to the city’s sewer line, including the sewer line, and DWSD is responsible for the city’s sewer system, the department said.

How to report flooding

Report a flood using the “Detroit Upgrade” SeeClickFix mobile app for Apple and Android devices by calling www.facebook.com/DWSDDetroit or 313-267-8000.


Report DW3 at 313-267-8000 if you have water in your ground, and if there is damage, file a claim at www.detroitmi.gov/waterdamageclaims.

DWSD sewer cleaning

DWSD officials say improving the capacity of the sewer system is a priority. This year, the department reported cleaning more than 200 miles of the city’s sewer system. Over the past three years, the department has cleared 575 miles of urban sewers and nearly 31,000 watersheds, and another 50 miles of urban sewage or rehabilitation, according to DWSD.

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