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Detroit regularly faces the hazards of flooding.  Flooding can happen anytime from the spring through the fall—even winter if warmer than usual temperatures lead to rain rather than snowfall.  Flooding tends to be caused by heavy rain: the faster the rainwater reaches the river channel, the more likely it is to flood. Heavy rainfall can also overburden the sewer system.  Check out the resources below for important information on the dangers of flooding.


Flooding Emergencies

Residents and businesses are encouraged to report emergency water and sewer issues in Detroit, including street flooding, gushing water and sewerage backups, by calling (313) 267-8000 , or use the “Improve Detroit” SeeClickFix mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Improve Detroit - Report an Issue Online


Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) billing, services and other questions may be directed to (313) 267-8000 . DWSD customers who experience sewage backup are encouraged to file a property damage claim at 

 within 45 days of discovering the incident.


Be prepared for a Flood



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flood Resources

Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency


Re-entering Your Home


Clean Up Safely After a Disaster



Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Flood Resources

Steps for Cleaning Mold



Michigan Prepares -- Flooding Safety Tips and Information