City of Grosse Pointe Farms

Basement Sewer Backups (June 2021)


The City experienced significant flooding during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 26th. It has been reported that the City received more than 6” of rainfall associated with this event and additional rainfall is forecasted over the weekend. Unlike significant flooding that occurred a decade ago, the Kerby Road Pump Station and City Infrastructure remained fully operational. However, it is apparent that the Fox Creek Enclosure, which is located downstream and transmits sewage to the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) for treatment, filled to capacity and could not handle additional incoming storm water.

In addition to basement flooding, there is significant street flooding with submerged vehicles. Areas impacted are primarily in the Inland District between Ridge Road and Mack Ave.

The City has created a presentation regarding the June 25-26, 2021 Rain Event. View the presentation here.

Submit a Sewer back-up claim form

If your home experienced basement flooding please fill out the Sewer Back-Up Claim Form. Under State Law (Public Act 222 of 2001) you now have 45 days from the date of the event (August 10, 2021) to file a claim form with the City of Grosse Pointe Farms. This is the only form you will need to fill out at this time. The purpose of this claim form is to document damages; however, it is not a guarantee of reimbursement. Save the completed form to your computer and then email it to Include the property address and claim number 100GL2100198 in subject line. Please attach supporting documentation to the email.

Resident resources

The State of Michigan has compiled a list of resources residents who have experienced flooding can utilize.

apply for fema assistance

President Biden has declared that a major disaster exists in Wayne County, Michigan. To learn how to apply for individual assistance from FEMA click here.

rubbish collection

Regular rubbish, recycling and yard waste collection are on their normal schedule again beginning Monday, July 12th. 

Flood debris will be collected by outside contractors this week.  Please keep your regular rubbish containers separate from your flood debris piles. This help the outside contractors quickly identify and collect flood debris as they drive throughout the City.

Report missed rubbish collection to


As the clean-up and restoration continues, we want to remind residents that permits are required for the replacement of furnaces and hot water tanks. The permit process helps ensure the safety of residents and your homes. However, due to the extreme hardship so many residents are facing, the related permit fees will be waived for any replacements associated with the flooding event.

If you have already applied for a permit and paid the associated fees, a refund will automatically be issued to you. Please expect to receive you refund within 30 days.

city council statement regarding local flooding

previous notices to residents