Wet Weather Warning February 2022

Wet Weather Warning
Posted on 02/16/2022
Wet Weather Warning

Present weather information indicates unusually heavy precipitation may occur in our region. A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area in effect early Thursday morning into early Thursday evening, February 17, 2022.  This complicated storm will feature rain Thursday morning, changing over to freezing rain and sleet early in the day, and finally to all snow by Thursday evening. Total snowfall accumulation of around 4-6 inches with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation will be possible. Adjustments are likely due to the sensitivity of the frontal position with the speed of the cold air filling in from the north.  

With the rain forecast and frozen ground, it's advisable to remove items off basement floors due to potential flooding.  Additionally, watch for moderate to major river flooding and road closures.

During a heavy wet weather event water use should be minimized to reduce rates of flow into our sanitary sewer system. If you have experienced a basement backup during any previous heavy precipitation, you should take steps to protect any valuable property by raising it off your floors or other steps to prevent possible water damage. We do not expect any problems to arise, but we do suggest that our customers keep attuned to the weather and take any reasonable precautions to avoid preventable damage to property.

Older homes can contribute excess inflow and infiltration (I/I) into the sanitary sewer system. Typically older homes have floor drains, footing drains and perimeter tile that are connected to the sewer system. Discharges from these ultimately can get into the sewer system reducing system capacity.

Ahead of the forecasted storms, our crews are working hard to clear storm drains in known problem areas, but with approximately 2,000 inlets our crews cannot reach them all. If you see a debris covered drain in your neighborhood, grab a rake and help protect your neighborhood from flooding.


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Floor drains are a means for sewage to backup into a home. By eliminating or plugging them off where practicable it can reduce the chance of a sewer back up. Significant I/I can be reduced by installing a sump pump and discharging it to a storm sewer or French Drain. All footing drains and perimeter tile should be routed to it. Rerouting roof downspouts to discharge further away from your home can reduce I/I from getting into the sewer system.

Please contact us at 734-241-5926 ext 1 for assistance in determining the best option for your home.

For a guide outlining measures to reduce the chance of possible water damage, please refer to the link below.

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