Utilities - Wastewater Department
Water/Sewer Billing Office, 333 W.
Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640 Phone: 989-837-3341
Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2125 Austin St., Midland, MI 48642 Phone: 989-837-3500
Flooding From Heavy Rainfalls or Snow and Icemelt
As a rule of thumb, excess storm water on most streets and properties within
the city should drain within one hour of an average rain or snowmelt event.
If you experience flooding or suspect a problem with drainage on your property
or within your neighborhood, first follow the steps outlined below (How
You Can Help Reduce Flooding). If overland flooding continues
after these actions are taken, contact the City's Sewer Emergency phone number
at 989-837-3500 for assistance.
Newer Subdivision Detention Basins: Some newer subdivisions in
Midland are designed to allow water to temporarily collect on the street after a
heavy precipitation event. In these areas, the street acts as a detention basin,
storing water until the underground storm sewer system has sufficient room to
allow for the excess runoff. Water collected on streets in these
subdivisions should clear within one hour of an average rainfall or snowmelt event.
If sufficient drainage does not occur within this time frame, refer to the
steps below to help alleviate the problem. If overland flooding continues after
these actions are taken, contact the City's Sewer Emergency phone number at
989-837-3500 for assistance.
How You Can Help Reduce Flooding
Flood-Proofing Your Property: There are tasks around the
yard and home that, when done on a routine basis, help prevent storm
sewer backups and overland flooding:
Clean gutters, downspouts and roof drains of leaves and seeds,
and inspect and reconnect or replace any broken or damaged
Keep grass clippings and branches from accumulating in ditches
or streams on or near your property. Such debris can plug waterways
and keep water from draining properly during rainstorms and
snowmelt. Call the City Engineering Department at 989-837-3348 for
assistance with major blockages such as downed trees or if you see
dumping or debris in ditches or streams.
Replace eroded or settled soil around the home to maintain a
positive slope away from foundations.
Keep the water away from your home or building by re-grading
your lot or by building a small floodwall or earthen berm. These
methods work if your lot is large enough, if flooding is not too
deep and if your property is not in the floodway. The Cityís
Building Department can provide more information on this subject
Make your walls waterproof and place watertight closures over
the doorways. This method is not recommended for houses with
basements or if water will get more than two feet deep. Any
alteration to your building or land requires a permit from the
Building Department. Itís best to check with the department before
beginning any building or land-modifying projects.
Streams, rivers and other tributaries are important components
of the storm sewer system. Keeping them free of restrictions and
garbage is important to maintaining an effective flow of water.
In addition, State law prohibits dumping or throwing anything
into ditches or streams. If your property is located next to a ditch
or stream, please keep the banks clear of brush, grass clippings,
leaves and debris. Call the City Engineering Department for
assistance with major blockages such as downed trees at 989-837-3348
or if you see dumping or debris in ditches or streams.
Catch Basins: While City crews clear off street
drains (catch basins) on a routine basis, leaves and other debris can
quickly accumulate between scheduled maintenance. Here are some steps
you can take to help maintain catch basins near your property:
Commit to checking catch basins near your home or building
periodically and clearing away debris, snow and ice. This will help
snowmelt and rainwater drain quickly and easily and minimize street
Do not rake leaves, grass or other debris into the street except
City's fall leaf collection program.
Do not dispose of chemicals or yard waste into catch basins,
including oil, paint, anti-freeze and paint thinner. These materials
will accumulate over time and cause blockages, kill aquatic life and
vegetation and contribute to the pollution of lakes and streams.
In the event of street flooding, never remove manhole covers.
This is dangerous and could result in personal injury. Unauthorized
removal of a manhole cover is prohibited by city ordinance. If a
sanitary sewer manhole cover is lifted, it will increase water
entering the sanitary sewer system and cause otherwise avoidable
sewer backups into basements.
Report all manhole covers that are missing or offset by calling
the Cityís Sewer Emergency phone number at 989-837-3500.
More Information On Flood Protection: Additional
flood protection can be
found on the Planning and Community Development portion of this