Oak Park Residents:
With continued rainfall in the forecast for the remainder of the weekend, I want to assure you that the City of Oak Park continues to observe the situation as it evolves.
Our Public Works crews will continue to monitor local streets and clear catch basin covers as necessary. To lessen the possibility of flooding, residents can also remove debris covering the catch basins by using a rake or shovel. If storm drain covers or manhole covers are displaced, we ask residents to please call the Department of Public Works at (248) 691-7497 during normal working hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm or during non-working hours contact Public Safety Dispatch at (248) 691-7520; do not attempt to move these on your own.
I also want to take this opportunity to remind our residents that we, along with our neighboring cities, use a combined stormwater and sanitary sewer system. This system allows household water and stormwater to flow to the Kuhn Water Retention and Treatment Basin.
Please also note the part of the line from residents’ basements to the City’s sewer, including the connection, is the homeowner’s responsibility.
While the City cannot provide specific directions for your household, I would like to provide you a few tips for dealing with problems you may face during these heavy rainfalls. If your basement floods, you may choose to do the following:
- Stay away from damaged electrical outlets and devices near standing water.
- Turn off your central air or furnace at the control device unit.
- If you smell natural gas or suspect an electrical issue in your home, please contact the appropriate utility companies immediately:
- Natural Gas – Consumer’s Energy (800) 477-5050
- Electricity – Detroit Edison (800) 477-4747
- If you have standing water in your home, call a plumber and assume it is not safe.
- Dry out wet areas as soon as possible; open windows in your basement if you have them.
- If you have a sump pump, please make sure it is working correctly.
As already noted, we are expecting more rain today and throughout the weekend. The City will be providing updates if the situation changes. Please be safe Oak Park.