Southern St. Clair County Water Levels - 6/21/2019
St Clair County Local State of Emergency Declared
At approximately 3:00 p.m., Jeffrey Bohm, Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners, declared a local State of Emergency due to widespread or severe damage to property caused by flooding in the Southeastern portion of St. Clair County. The potential of further severe flooding exists based on increased water.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management continues to work with local municipalities to assist with monitoring and response to the situation.
If your home is impacted by flood damage, it is important that you contact the Emergency Operation Center at (810) 989-6392 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your address, phone number, foundation type, amount of water in your home, and damage pictures in the email.
For life threatening emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
Please note the St. Clair County Warning Information Notification System (WINS) will be used to contact you in an emergency situation. If you have caller ID, you may
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MIS-INFORMATION and Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are we evacuating Harsens Island (or any other areas)?
A: No, not at this time
The County and each township is doing everything possible to make sure that evacuation is not necessary. In order to the plan for the worst possible scenario, a WINS alert was sent to Harsen's Island residents asking if shelter would be necessary in case of evacuation.
Q: What would cause an evacuation?
A: The only reasons for evacuation would be "Life and Safety" issues such as extreme contamination or if emergency services cannot access areas of the island (or the Island as a whole). Unlike winter ice ferry closures, this will be a long term event.
Q: How high will the water levels rise, I hear .... I saw .... but the levels are down from last week?
A: Yes, even the official sources listed on this page by the Army Corps of Engineers are aged and are an estimate. Our concern at this point is that in many places water levels have already reached record levels and several properties are flooding. The water levels always peak in July. Additional concerns are winds can add 2" to water levels, possible weather events and seasonal rains, and boat wakes will reach much farther inland due to already flooded conditions. Short answer is this event will impact every resident on the island and many on the mainland.
Q: How do I know if I will flood?
A: See the below links on this page to find out if you are in a flood plain.
Q: What should I do?
A: The time to act is now. There are steps you can take to prepare for increasing water levels. We have compiled both specific and general flood information on this page. There is very little action that can be done once flood waters are already impacting your property.
Q: How do I get the latest information?
A: The latest information will be posted on this page. Also, sign up for WINS on the "Alerts" tab. This will be our primary way of getting information and "Life and Safety" alerts to residents.
Q: I have mobility issues, how will you know I need help if the situation gets worse?
A: When signing up for WINS, there are areas where to list your disabilities. Please keep in mind that these represent severe disabilities.
The following are providing sandbags to their residents:
Clay Township Water Department on Muskrat Run between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm.
Ira Township Office 7085 Meldrum Rd. Monday – Thursday 7am – 5pm
Algonac DPW at (810) 794-9361
East China Twp located west of the waste water treatment plant 1244 Recor Rd, East China Twp, MI
CURRENT STORES CARRYING SANDBAGS
CALL FIRST AS STOCK WILL CHANGE WITH SHIPMENTS
Lumber Jack Marine City (810) 765-8827
Lumber Jack Pearl Beach (810) 794-4921
Lumber Jack China Twp (810) 329-4781
Ace Hardware St Clair (810) 326-2665
Gillroys Port Huron (810) 987-4200
How high will the water get and when?
NOTE: Army Corps of Engineers now say the water levels will be on the high side of the below forecast ! ! ! A new forecast will be issued near the end of June showing higher predicted lake levels ! ! !
Will MY HOUSE be affected by this flooding event ??????
Put in your address below to see if you are in a FEMA designated floodplain. Although not ALL houses that are in the FEMA designated floodplain will flood. Most properties in Clay, Algonac, and Ira that are in a floodplain will be affected. KNOW YOUR RISKS