The City of Pleasant Ridge is known for its historic homes, tree-lined streets and active citizens who dedicate their time for the betterment of the community. Our long tradition of community pride is reflected in our beautiful parks along Woodward Avenue and our pristine neighborhoods. Many of the houses in Pleasant Ridge are part of a nationally-recognized historic district, and all the homes reflect the care and attention, which assures that Pleasant Ridge will remain a beautiful community for generations to come. A strong sense of community, dedication to historic preservation and ideal location makes Pleasant Ridge the perfect city for all ages, interests and lifestyles.
STORM UPDATES (Updated Thursday, August 28) Basement Backup Map. Click here to see a map of basement backup locations. The map was created using homeowner reports, claim forms received by the City, and a survey of water-damaged goods placed at the curb for trash pickup. The City Engineer will provide an update presentation at the September 9 City Commission meeting with further information and explanation. Recycling Bins Available. The City has recycling bins available for purchase. The cost is $6 a bin until the end of September. You can pay for the bin at City Hall and we will deliver it to your house. Oakland County 2-1-1 Resource. If you need help with food and water, clothes, medication, and/or cleaning supplies, you can dial 2-1-1. This is a 24-hour line operated by Oakland County. Red Cross. If your home was flooded and you are looking for assistance, please call the American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region information line at 1-800-774-6066. Declaration of State of Emergency. Oakland County has declared a State of Emergency, and on the evening of August 13 the Governor also declared a State of Emergency. The State may now request assistance from FEMA, and any potential disaster recovery funding will be available to Pleasant Ridge because the County and State have declared states of emergency. While some of our neighboring communities declared local states of emergency, Pleasant Ridge did not for two reasons:
1) We did not suffer any significant damage to public facilities or incur Police overtime costs, and as such we have no public costs to reimburse.
2) A local declaration of emergency is not necessary for homeowners to potentially receive assistance from FEMA because Oakland County declared (and now the State has as well). Further, a local declaration of emergency does not provide any County, State, or Federal funding assistance to homeowners. Residents should be aware that a FEMA declaration of emergency is necessary to open up the possibility of private property being reimbursed because only FEMA provides funding for private property. However, residents should be aware that it is very unlikely that FEMA funding for private property damage will occur. FEMA funding would only come to protect imminent life threat to the community as a whole.
The primary purpose of a local State of Emergency declaration is to recoup monies for damage to public buildings, infrastructure, and public safety costs. Only when FEMA declares a State of Emergency is there a possibility for reimbursement for private property damage, but again, that is very unlikely to occur in our situation based on information we have received from Oakland County Homeland Security. City Reimbursement of Water Damage. If a homeowner has experienced a flooding event caused by a sewer backup, your first action should be to contact your homeowner's insurance. If you are uninsured and would like to file a claim with the City, you are welcome to do so. You must contact City Hall and provide your name, address and telephone number and we will mail you a brief letter describing how the claim process works and the claim form. The claim form must be returned to the City no later than 45 days after the date of the letter. After the claim is submitted it will be reviewed by the City's insurance company and the resident will receive a notice as to whether the claim was approved or denied.
The City's liability for private property damage is controlled by Michigan Public Act 170 of 1964, as amended by Public Act 222 of 2001. That act requires persons seeking compensation for private property damage to show that all of the following existed at the time of the event:
- The City, at the time of the event, owned and operated, or directly or indirectly discharged into the portion of the sewage disposal system that allegedly caused damage or injury,
- The sewage disposal system had a construction, design, maintenance, operation or repair defect,
- The City knew, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known about the defect and failed to take reasonable steps in a reasonable amount of time to repair, correct or remedy the defect, and
- The defect must be 50% or more of the cause of the event and the damage or injury.