2020 High Water Information

Flooding Impacts on Septic System and Private Well Owners

Clay Township Board of Trustees-Action plan for High Water

Water levels continue to rise in 2020, Owners should prepare now to protect private property by purchasing and placing sandbags or other flood diversion resources.

It is the intent of the Clay Township Board of Trustees to provide assistance to as many Clay Township property owners as possible, in a fair and equitable manner.  Approximately 600,000 bags were deployed in Clay in 2019.  For owners dealing with high water affecting their properties, the township will proceed with the following 2020 action plan:

June 2, 2020:
sandbags are on HOLD, we are out and need at least a week to recover.

Unfilled bags are still available

Unfilled bags can be purchased for $18.00/100 bags (increments of 100) for mainland and island property owners only, up to 400 unfilled sandbags. 

When available, filled bags can be purchased for $0.50/each, increments of 100 bagsmainland and island property owners only.  There will be a 200-bag limit, based on availability. Please deploy the first 200 bags prior to additional purchases.

Free sand will not be provided.  Property owners are responsible for purchasing their own sand to fill empty bags.  These sandbags are intended to provide a start to protecting your property and are not for resale under any circumstances.

 Occasionally, limited quantities of expired “out of date” sandbags may become available from the Army Corps of Engineers, free of charge.  These bags will be disbursed, in increments of 100 bags per property, at the township offices during normal business hours. 

***The township holds the right to make changes to or end this program.


Protect structures and move valuable items off ground floor levels.  Form neighborhood flood groups and work together to obtain flood mitigation materials.

It takes an average of 600 sandbags to create a 100-foot berm, 1-foot high.  Sandbags are most effective when they are placed in combination with a plastic sheeting barrier, 8-feet from the perimeter of your structure.  Placement of sandbags is not recommended against basement walls or on seawall caps.  Sandbags should be used to protect your home, cottage, garage, shed or pole building.  Do not use sandbags to protect your yard or landscaping.

Excess water must not be discharged into the sanitary sewer system.
It is illegal to connect a pump to drain water into the sanitary sewer or to lift manhole covers to allow surface water to drain into the sanitary sewer.  The sanitary sewer plant is shared with other communities and illegal pumping adversely affects our communities.  Violators will be fined per township ordinance.

Items used to protect property are:

Diversion Tubes                  Aqua dams

Sandbags                  Plastic sheeting

Splash Guards                     Bulk bags

Pumps           Flood Barriers

Lumberjack, Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Uline 

Possible online sites with additional information/Products:



Aire Industrial -flood diversion tubes  800-247-3846 (use code TUBESALE10 for 10% off flood diversion tubes online)









Barrier Solutions, located in Western Minnesota provides flood barriers with no minimum order quantity, lead time is 2-4 weeks, contact # 320-842-4260, info@customrotomold.com, approx $65/linear foot for flood barrier



Local Sand Suppliers:

Blue Water Materials                     810-794-4420
Cortis Bros                                          810-765-1426
Grosso Trucking                                586-725-2935
Mowing Madness                             810-794-0407
Silent Acre Farms                             810-650-2175
St Clair Aggregates                          810-765-5161
T R Pieprzak                                       810-329-4027
Tuzinowski Landscaping                586-725-8426
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