Flooding caused by rapid rain July 6 meant that many Roseville residents have had to discard, repair or replace many possessions.

Flooding caused by rapid rain July 6 meant that many Roseville residents have had to discard, repair or replace many possessions.

Photo provided by Glenn Sexton


Roseville seeks state aid in response to flooding

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 19, 2019

 City officials urge Roseville  residents to throw away any water-damaged items as soon as possible to prevent issues with mold that could be harmful to their health.

City officials urge Roseville residents to throw away any water-damaged items as soon as possible to prevent issues with mold that could be harmful to their health.

Photo provided by Glenn Sexton

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ROSEVILLE — The city of Roseville is working with the state of Michigan and Macomb County to declare an emergency situation in response to the extensive rainfall that occurred July 6.

The rapid downpour caused flooding in dozens of homes and businesses in and around Roseville, resulting in property damage. Roseville officials are seeking assistance from the county and state to provide financial assistance to those affected.

“We probably have damages of over $1 million. Our initial estimate was $800,000. We could have as high as $2 million in damages,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. “We did get our county declaration, and the state has not made a final declaration whether to declare this an emergency, but they do have state assessment teams out now.”

Roseville resident Charles Seremak was among those whose homes were damaged by the quick downpour.

“It flooded over the curb in our street and the water backed up into our basement,” he said. “We got 8 or 10 inches of water down there. It damaged our water heater, washer and dryer.”

Seremak said he had never seen a storm so bad in Roseville.

“It came down in buckets. I’ve never seen it like that before,” he remarked. “I know there was another flood in 2014 that was bad, and they said it was a ‘once-in-a-hundred-years’ storm, but this was just as bad or worse. Kids were getting their floaties to float down the street.”

City, county and state officials are discussing the possibility of financial aid.

“We met with state emergency management officials in the last few days,” Adkins explained. “They actually deployed officials into the field along with city and county officials. That process started (July 17) and they are following up with the 101 reported properties that suffered damage.”

Glenn Sexton, director of the Roseville Building Department, said the city is working hard to coordinate with county and state workers to assess and respond to the damage. Sexton looked at many of the affected homes himself and said he is seeing damage typical from rapid but brief flooding.

“I went out to about 25 of the affected homes and businesses to look at them myself,” he said. “We were seeing damage to drywall and appliances in basements quite frequently, as well as water damage to other personal items.”

Adkins said the most important thing that affected Roseville residents can do is report their damages to the city as soon as possible, if they have not already. He said it will help the city gain emergency status by showing the scope of the damage, and it will be required if people want to get assistance repairing any damage caused by the water.

“It’s imperative anyone who hasn’t reported damages to us contact our purchasing department at (586) 445-5425 as soon as possible so we can make sure everyone is reported to the state and we can get some help from the state,” Adkins said.

City officials also warn people whose basements flooded to get anything affected by water damage out of the house and disposed of as quickly as possible.

“Please get any damaged content out of the house and out to the curb and notify us to pick it up,” Sexton said. “They could cause odor and mold in the home, which could be harmful. ... They can contact the Department of Public Services at (586) 445-5470 (for pickup).”

Adkins also wanted to express his thanks to those who have pressed the state for support in response to the flooding.

“We are very appreciative of County Executive (Mark) Hackel, Commissioner (Harold) Haugh, Representative (John) Chirkun and Senator (Paul) Wojno to help us get these declarations in place.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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