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:
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. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment to purchase sandbags.
Filled bags can be purchased for $0.50/each, increments of 100 bags, mainland and island property owners only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to purchase filled sandbags. There will be a 200-bag limit, based on availability. Please deploy the first 200 bags prior to additional purchases.
Property owners will pay for filled and unfilled bags at the township offices by appointment.
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Occasionally, limited quantities of expired “out of date” sandbags may become available from the Army Corps of Engineers, free of charge.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.
PLEASE BEGIN NOW TO PURCHASE AND PREPARE SANDBAGS/OTHER RESOURCES NEEDED TO PROTECT STRUCTURES!
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, email@example.com, approx $65/linear foot for flood barrier
Local Sand Suppliers:
Mowing Madness 810-794-0407
Silent Acre Farms 810-650-2175
T R Pieprzak 810-329-4027
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