Wet Weather Warning February 2023

Wet Weather Warning
Posted on 02/27/2023
Wet Weather Warning

With present weather conditions of unusually heavy precipitation, The City of Monroe Water Department has issued a 𝐖𝐄𝐓 𝐖𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆.  Please watch for moderate to major river flooding and road closures. Additionally, it's advisable to remove items off basement floors due to potential flooding. 

During a heavy wet weather event, water use should be minimized to reduce rates of flow into our sanitary sewer system. If you have experienced a basement backup during any previous heavy precipitation, you should take steps to protect any valuable property by raising it off your floors or other steps to prevent possible water damage. We do not expect any problems to arise, but we do suggest that our customers keep attuned to the weather and take any reasonable precautions to avoid preventable damage to property.

Older homes can contribute excess inflow and infiltration (I/I) into the sanitary sewer system. Typically older homes have floor drains, footing drains and perimeter tile that are connected to the sewer system. Discharges from these ultimately can get into the sewer system reducing system capacity.

Ahead of the forecasted storms, our crews are working hard to clear storm drains in known problem areas, but with approximately 2,000 inlets our crews cannot reach them all. If you see a debris covered drain in your neighborhood, grab a rake and help protect your neighborhood from flooding.


Floor drains are a means for sewage to backup into a home. By eliminating or plugging them off where practicable it can reduce the chance of a sewer back up. Significant I/I can be reduced by installing a sump pump and discharging it to a storm sewer or French Drain. All footing drains and perimeter tile should be routed to it. Rerouting roof downspouts to discharge further away from your home can reduce I/I from getting into the sewer system.

Please contact us at 734-241-5926 ext 1 for assistance in determining the best option for your home.

For a guide outlining measures to reduce the chance of possible water damage, please refer to the link below.

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