Several Michigan counties experienced significant flooding in the past several days. Even when the water levels start to recede, many will still directly feel the impacts of the storm.
Michigan State University Extension has assembled an educational roundup highlighting questions and concerns Michigan residents might have about recent flooding on the Severe Weather and Flooding website. While many of these resources were originally written for a specific instance of flooding, the information for families, communities, homeowners and agricultural producers remains relevant and valuable.
The most frequently asked questions are assembled below. Visit the Severe Weather and Flooding website for a more comprehensive list as well as a list of MSU Extension experts who can address specific flood-related and food-safety concerns related to their areas of expertise.
Have a question? Ask MSU Extension
If you have a question about flood damage, impacted Michigan crops, food safety and more, you can ask your question directly online at ask.extension.org/ask.
A network of Extension experts from flood-impacted areas, around the state and across the nation, can answer your questions.
Frequently asked questions about flooding
Michigan Sea Grant partner organization The National Weather Service has put together a series of frequently asked questions related to flooding issues including where to get accurate water levels, flood stages, flood insurance and more.
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a nationwide collective of Extension experts focused on disaster response and education. MSU Extension’s EDEN representative is Joyce McGarry, and she can help direct people to resources found on the EDEN website and also answer questions about appropriate local groups to contact.
Tips to help children emotionally survive a natural disaster
Even if they are physically safe, the scary experience for youth who have been evacuated or have seen family homes under water can be traumatic. MSU Extension offers strategies to help children emotionally cope with the devastation.
MSU Extension also addresses a common question that comes up during any flood: Should residents be worried if floodwaters reach their well? MSU Extension recommends playing it safe and having your well tested. In the interim, it is suggested residents use bottled water or boil water while awaiting test results.
After a flood, following proper food safety procedures is just as important in protecting your water supply. MSU Extension food safety expert Joyce McGarry explains which foods might need to be discarded after a flood and how to properly clean dishes and utensils that might be impacted by flood waters.
Michigan Sea Grant storm project seeks to help communities prepare for future extreme storms
Michigan Sea Grant is committed to helping to increase awareness of extreme storms and to provide information to communities on how to prepare for such storms, particularly in the Saginaw Bay watershed.
Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension outline the role the preservation of wetlands, green infrastructure, protecting floodplains, proper culvert construction and flood insurance play in protecting against future extreme weather events.