We have a chance to share our flood stories and make our voice heard about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through this Request for Information. Please take the time to respond. If we can amass more comments about changing the policies to support individuals compared with the large companies that will submit comments supporting their interests instead of ours, then FEMA is much more likely to make changes that support individuals. They count the number of comments that support each perspective so submitting a comment matters.
Township officials will discuss the August 2021 flood, response efforts, and their next steps to address flooding issues (e.g., consistent river access for weed harvesting). This will occur at the Hamburg Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd at 2:30pm. You can attend in person or watch on the livestream by clicking on “video” on this link: https://www.hamburg.mi.us/…/township_board_of_trustees.php
With the rain from Sunday and Monday (2.17 inches recorded on the north side of Ore Lake), the river is projected to crest at 6.9 feet on Friday. Yet, again, we are facing further flooding. Now is the time to begin picking items up off the floor and securing other items. If you still have your boat in a lake and river, remember that there is no wake when the river reaches 6.5 feet. If you have questions or need support during flooded times, you can reach out to Hamburg and Green Oak Township, as well as messaging us here or contacting us via our contact page. Stay safe!
We are working to submit grant applications to help folks get support for raising their homes above flood level. If you are affected by flooding and are interested in potentially getting matched funding for raising your home, please send us a message via our contact page for further information.
As we begin recovering from this current flood, we continue to take steps forward… In doing so, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Innovation Academy in Howell. The high schoolers will be studying our surrounding watersheds and creating a land use study to document the changing development in the region. We are very excited for this partnership! And thanks to Deanna for the connection!
In exciting news, yesterday a group of us worked with Dr. Wendy Robertson, our partner hydrologist, to install gauges for monitoring water inputs into Ore Lake! We have been working to begin this data collection for the past 1.5 years and have finally reached our goal to gather flow and discharge data! Thank you to all involved and a particular shout out to Wendy for your help and guidance, community members who helped build and install the gauges, Claire Zarakas who connected our community with our partner hydrologists, and Diane Henry for helping get our organization up and running! And thank you to the Thriving Earth Exchange for providing the resources to help our community!