DWSD Damage Claims & Sewage Backups


June 25-26, 2021 Rain Event Updates:

FEMA, SBA & Disaster Food Assistance

Eligibilities and Instructions for FEMA & SBA Claims Assistance. Apply for FEMA assistance before November 12, 2021.

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

DWSD Claims Update for the June 25-26 rain event

A third-party is compiling all the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) damage claims from the June 25-26 event into a database and the process will take some time. Contacting DWSD will not speed up your claim response as a thorough review process must be followed. DWSD may offer a settlement only if the claimant proves the local sewer system had a defect that DWSD knew or should have known about, that DWSD failed to remedy the defect within a reasonable time, and the defect was 51% or more of the cause of the property damage.  Based on past events, 95% of claims are denied due to either a private sewer/foundation issue and/or a rain event that overwhelmed the sewer system – not a local system defect. We advise residents not to wait on the claims process to be complete before replacing your furnace or hot water heater, if necessary, and/or making other needed repairs.


Great Lakes Water Authority June 25-26 rain event and July 16 rain event investigation report


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.