The Texas Township Board and staff are aware of the many flooding and water level issues affecting our residents. Historically, Texas Township has had many lakes and wetlands that collect runoff during storms but does not have a history of significant flooding.
In 2018, however, groundwater and lake levels have not receded following rain events as in the past. Typically, the evaporation in the summer is substantial. However, this year, lake levels have been two or more feet above normal and are currently above the 100 year flood plain. We have determined that the normal summer evaporation is not occurring; in fact, the lakes continue to rise with every rainfall, which compelled the Township to seek assistance for its residents.
We have been in contact with Congressman Fred Upton, Senator Margaret O’Brien, Representative Brandt Iden, and Kalamazoo County Commissioner Dale Sugars to garner assistance while working to determine a solution to the flooding. Additionally, Texas Township has engaged with Prein & Newhof, and specifically a hydrolic engineer and Kalamazoo County Drain Commission, to evaluate and assess the impacted areas to determine what is causing the water issues and what can be done to fix the problem and prevent it from happening again in the future.
We are conducting a Flood Damage Assessment and are asking all residents impacted by the flooding and high water levels to complete a survey to assess damages.
This Flood Damage Assessment will help us to 1) identify the cause of the continued flooding and why we are not seeing relief; 2) identify a solution to reduce flooding and water levels; and 3) help determine if the Township is eligible to apply for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to assist in funding that solution. The Township has been working with the Crooked Lake and Eagle Lake Associations and with the Drain Commission to find a more immediate fix to the problem, as well.
Please complete the assessment below if you’ve been impacted by flooding and water damage. In order to submit for the FEMA grant, we’d like to collect all responses by Thursday, September 13.