DWSD Damage Claims & Sewage Backups



We have experienced an extraordinary rain event on June 25-26, 2021, far beyond the designed capacity of the combined sewer system. The City of Detroit is committed to assisting residents affected by this storm. Please read this information carefully. 

FEMA, SBA & Disaster Food Assistance

Eligibilities and Instructions for FEMA & SBA Claims Assistance. Apply for FEMA assistance before October 13.

FEMA Application Guide

Step-by-step guide on how to submit a FEMA disaster claims application

SBA Application Guide

Step-by-Step guide on how to submit the SBA home and personal property loan application

File your DWSD long claim form following the June 25-26 rain event

If you already filed your notice of claim to the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) following the June 25-26 rain event and have not filed the long claim form with supporting documents you can do so by clicking the button below or fill out the hard copy form you received in the mail and following the instructions. The notice of claim deadline ended on August 9, 2021. Please file your long form as soon as possible in order for DWSD to review your claim. 


DWSD damage claim information

Under state law, you have 45 days to file a notice of claim with DWSD, which in this case is August 9, 2021. However, this was a historic rainstorm and backups in most cases are not likely due to a local sewer system defect. Read this checklist about the DWSD claims process.


DWSD Sewer Backup and Damage Claim for other events

If you experienced a sewer backup or other damage related to DWSD,  you may file a claim within 45 days of the discovery of the backup using the link below or the PDF version listed under documents.