Due to ongoing and predicted water level increases in the Great Lakes basin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authorized an accelerated approval program for installation of seawalls or other regulated flood control measures. According to Port Huron City Manager, James Freed, interested City of Port Huron residents should contact Don Reinke at (313) 226-6812 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, City residents suffering property damage related to rising water levels should notify the St. Clair County Homeland Security and Emergency Management via email at email@example.com. SCCEM will dispatch a damage assessment team for documentation purposes. Boaters are strongly encouraged to reduce wakes as much as possible to prevent property damage. No wake zone maps can be downloaded at:
http://www.bluewaysofstclair.org/nowakezone.asp. City of Port Huron residents in areas likely to be affected should take action now. This includes maintenance, installation, and/or upgrades of sump pump systems, protection of HVAC units and appliances in below grade spaces, and removal of items in flood prone or wave washed areas. While predicted water level rises on the Black River do not appear to impact inhabited dwellings at this time, a precipitation event may cause flooding issues in combination with increased base levels. Residents in low lying areas adjacent to the Black River should consider the possibility of flooding and plan accordingly.
The following locations are providing sandbags to their residents:
– Clay Township Water Department on Muskrat Run between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
– Ira Township Office 7085 Meldrum Rd. Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
– Algonac DPW by calling (810) 794-9361
– East China Township located west of the waste water treatment plant at 1244 Recor Road