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1 Storm /Flood Information for Residents General Information... 1 Water Quality... 1 Trash Pickup... 2 Filing a Claim... 2 Resource Contact Information... 3 Declaration of Disaster from the State of Michigan... 4 Fact Sheets from Agencies Public Health Advisory: Floodwater Safety Precautions (OC Health Dept.)... 6 Food Safety After Flooding (OC Health Dept.)... 8 Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency (CDC)... 9 Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach after an Emergency (CDC)... 13

2 General Information On August 11, 2014, Madison Heights and most of southeast Michigan was hit with a major rainstorm. Estimates have the rain totals between 4.5 and 6 inches (Madison Heights amount was 6 inches). Community s sewer systems are designed to handle what is called a 10 year storm. Estimates have this storm between 100 and 200 years. No system can handle a storm of this magnitude. Please note the following important information: The flooding that occurred was region wide, impacting Madison Heights and all surrounding communities. It was not related to any recent or ongoing construction projects. Water Quality Water is safe to drink. You can be assured there is no connection to our potable water and the storm/sanitary sewer issues that have occurred. 1

3 Trash Pickup If you have damaged items, please place at curb for pickup by our trash hauler. (Code Enforcement will not ticket you). Trash pickup will occur on your regular day and may take a little longer as the trucks will be filling up fast. NOTE: Rizzo will be doing a major sweep this Saturday to catch up the residential neighborhoods. TIPS: They are asking everyone to avoid cardboard boxes and paper bags, remove exposed nails, roll up and secure carpet, and contain all small items in plastic garbage bags. Please put out your garbage as neatly as you possibly can. They will also take furniture and appliances. Please safely secure glass on discarded furniture if it is broken put it in a sturdy container and label. Please keep in mind that Rizzo has to get through over 9,000 homes. Filing a Claim You are welcome to file a claim with the City (forms are available at City Hall Finance Department or on our website), but please be aware per Public Act 222, the City is only liable only if there are defects in the sewer system. A 100 or 200 year storm does not qualify. Advise residents to keep checking our website for any new information regarding claims through FEMA (nothing at this point). 2

4 RESOURCES: Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services for questions or concerns Salvation Army Church FEMA (for use once they are taking claims) Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov for FEMA assistance Apply by phone at Speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY For 71 or video relay service call

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9 From: To: Subject: Date: Oakland County Health Division Public Health Advisory: Floodwater Safety Precautions Tuesday, August 12, :27:19 AM For Immediate Release Public Health Advisory: Floodwater Safety Precautions Pontiac, Mich., Aug. 12, 2014 In response to widespread flooding, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges citizens to follow these safety precautions from the Oakland County Health Division to help minimize possibilities of illness, serious injury, or drowning: Stay out of flooded areas It is important that everyone stay out of flooded areas due to risk of injury and potential contamination from hazardous raw sewage: Stay off all flooded roadways, water may be much deeper than it appears. Respect road closure barriers. Do not use water from a private well that has flooded Water from wells impacted by flooding should not be used until it is tested for safe drinking. This water is not safe for washing, cooking, or consumption of any kind. Water should be collected from safe places such as local municipal water supplies, wells outside of flooded areas, or bottled water should be purchased. Take safety precautions before cleaning out flooded basements It is important to take certain safety precautions before beginning the clean-up process: Make sure gas and electricity have been turned off. If at all possible, open all windows to the flooded area in order to let any built-up gases vent out of the house. Use flashlights in flooded areas and NEVER use matches, lighters, or lanterns. They may cause an explosion if the flames mix with any built-up gases. Finally, wear rubber gloves, protective clothing (preferably disposable), waders, or boots, and cover all open cuts and sores with adhesive bandages. Find more information by visiting or find Public Health Oakland on Facebook and Stay tuned to local news for

10 further information. STAY CONNECTED: Questions? Contact Us SUBSCRIBER SERVICES: Manage Preferences Unsubscribe Help This service is provided to you by Oakland County, Michigan. This was sent to using GovDelivery, on behalf of: Oakland County, Michigan 1200 North Telegraph Road Pontiac, MI Unsubscribe

11 Food Safety After Flooding What You Need to Know How can I keep my food safe after a flood? Do not eat any food that may have come in contact with floodwater. Discard food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it came in contact with floodwater. Non- waterproof food containers include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with floodwater. These items cannot be safely cleaned and sanitized. Inspect canned foods and discard any that are damaged. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener. How can I save undamaged, commercially-prepared foods in all-metal cans and shelf-stable pouches? Undamaged, commercially-prepared foods in all-metal cans and shelf-stable pouches can be saved by following this procedure: Remove the labels if able. Brush or wipe away any dirt, mud or residue. Thoroughly wash with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or soap reduces chlorine sanitation effectiveness. Sanitize cans and pouches in one of the following ways: o Place in water. Allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or o Place in a freshly-made solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes. o Air dry cans/pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing. o Re-label cans or pouches, if removed. Include the expiration date if available. o Use this food as soon as possible. o Dilute with clean drinking water any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned containers. Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, then sanitize by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry. The Oakland County Health Division will not deny participation in its programs based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability. State and federal eligibility requirements apply for certain programs. I:\Health\Admin\Materials Center\CHPIS_Fact_Sheets\fs_foodsafety_flooding..doc rev

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