Warren Mayor estimates 18,047 flood-damage homes with damage valued at $1.2 billion

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Warren Mayor Jim Fouts tells 7 Action News there are an estimated 18,047 flood-damaged homes in the city of Warren.

The city's assessing department estimates that the total cash value of damage to the homes comes to $1.2 billion.

A team of assessors have been surveying homes since Tuesday.

“It is more widespread than anyone thought,” said Fouts. “Every neighborhood has been hit.”

Mayor Fouts tells residents they can place their damaged items on the curb regardless of the scheduled trash day.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime storm, and all hands are on deck to clean up,” said Fouts.

Overtime hours have been approved for DPW, Sanitation and Water Departments.

“Our sanitation employees are working 12 hours and this weekend to pick up items at the curb, and our goal is to have the city cleared by next week,” said Fouts.

The mayor has praised city employees for their quick response to the disaster.

“Every department is working as a team because of the seriousness of the public health crisis.”

An emergency city hall hotline (586-574-4526) has been set-up by the mayor for those in need of assistance with clean-up of their flooded basements.

Insurance claims can be filed by contacting 586-574-4670.

Red Cross can also be contacted at 1-800-774-6066 for those who have experienced flooded basements and are displaced.



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