Projects to begin in Grosse Pointe Woods

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 11, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Two projects will soon begin in the city that officials hope will help determine what caused flooding at about 400 homes during the June 25-26 heavy rainfall.

At the Aug. 2 Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting, the council approved 7-0 a contract to begin the 2021 sewer rehabilitation by full-length cured-in-place pipe lining. The contract was awarded to Insituform Technologies USA Inc., based in Chesterfield, Missouri, for $209,423.50. A cured-in-place pipe is a trenchless rehabilitation method used to repair existing pipelines. It is a jointless, seamless pipe lining within an existing pipe.

A construction contingency was added in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for any unforeseen problems, should they arise. The project also includes further engineering fees for services that will be provided by the city’s engineering firm Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc., in Shelby Township, with the amount not to exceed $41,000. The total project will not exceed $300,423.50, according to city officials.

The council also approved 7-0 the 2021 sewer cleaning and closed-circuit television investigation program contract with Corby Energy Services Inc., of Belleville, in the amount of $132,375. A construction contingency was added in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for any unforeseen problems. The project also includes further engineering fees for services provided by the city’s engineering firm Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc., with the amount not to exceed $36,000. The total project will not exceed $218,375.

City officials already had been planning for the projects prior to the June rainfall. Both contracts were budgeted in the 2021-22 budget. Director of Public Works Frank Schulte said the projects will begin as soon as contracts are signed.

“I would say work will start by the end of September,” he said via email. “The project is city wide. I will not have (a) list of streets until (the) pre-construction meeting.”

The June flooding prompted Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives to visit the city in July. FEMA has continually distributed information for residents as they continue to recover from the June 25-26 heavy rainfall. On Aug. 7, representatives issued a “Your FEMA Flood Recovery Checklist” designed to ensure residents have taken all the steps in their federal assistance process.

Those affected, but whose needs from the flooding have not been met, must register with FEMA before 11:59 p.m. Sept. 13 at (800) 621-3362 or teletypewriter (800) 462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Registration also can be conducted online at www.disaster assistance.gov or by downloading the FEMA App.  

When registering, report any damage to the home’s furnace, septic tank or water heater as a result of the flooding. If the home has already been inspected and the damage wasn’t identified, residents may send FEMA a dated and signed letter within 60 days of their initial FEMA decision, along with a contractor’s estimate, indicating they are appealing for assistance with these items.

Small business owners can apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration before the Sept. 13 deadline. Next to insurance, an SBA low-interest disaster loan is the main source of funding for property repairs and for replacing contents destroyed during the June floods. To apply, complete an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

“Currently in Michigan, the SBA has approved 284 disaster loans in the amount of $8,626,200 for affected survivors. The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to act now,” Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta, said in a prepared statement.

Anyone unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence can apply for FEMA’s Continued Rental Assistance. If a resident did not receive a form by mail, one can be requested by calling the FEMA helpline at (800) 621-3362 or teletypewriter (800) 462-7585. Call this number, too, if a vehicle was damaged or destroyed in the flood, as FEMA may provide financial assistance. Assistance is usually limited to one uninsured vehicle per household.

Also, if a resident disagrees with other FEMA decisions, the resident has the option to submit an appeal letter with additional documentation to have a case reconsidered. The appeal should be submitted within 60 days of the initial FEMA decision and include a letter explaining what you are appealing, be signed and dated, and include supporting documentation, such as a copy of a verifiable contractor’s estimate. Information on how to file an appeal is located at www.fema.gov/assistance/indi vidual/after-applying/appeals.

FEMA has teamed up with Hammer Time True Value Hardware in Detroit to provide free information on making homes and businesses stronger and safer. FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialists are visiting Aug. 2-14 at the Hammer Time True Value Hardware, 16380 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors. Topics covered will include cleanup tips, flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

For more information about Michigan’s recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4607. FEMA assistance is currently available to residents in Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The deadline for individuals to apply for disaster assistance is Sept. 13.

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