Spring Runoff & Flooding

Spring in the Western Upper Peninsula is a much needed relief from our harsh winters, however, all of that snow has to melt, and oftentimes it creates some hazards as it goes.  Below are a few public health considerations to keep in mind as the days get warmer and the snow begins to disappear.

Private Wells

Flood waters can impact the safety of your water well.  If you see water ponded around your wellhead, or if flood waters have overtopped your well, your water may be unsafe.  Please refer to the resources below, or call the Western UP Health Department for additional information.

Protecting Your Private Water Supply

Homeowner Information for Safe Drinking Water after a Flood

Sewage Systems

If you see water ponded above or near your sewage disposal system (drainfield) it’s not just bad news for your drainfield… the water you see may be contaminated with sewage!  Keep children and pets away from these ponded areas and be prepared for potential problems with your drainfield.  Should you experience drainfield failure contact the Western UP Health Department, Environmental Health Division at 906-482-7382 for more information.

Ice dams, leaky roofs, basement flooding, Western UP Springs can be tough on homes.  Water damage and resulting mold can be an issue.  If you experience water damage clean up and dry out the building quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Open doors and windows use fans to dry out the building.

To PREVENT mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. To REMOVE mold growth, wear rubber gloves, open windows and doors and clean with a bleach solution of 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of clear water. Throw away porous items (for example, carpet and upholstered furniture) that cannot be dried quickly. Fix any leaks in roofs, walls or plumbing to prevent additional water intrusion.

For additional information about mold, including information on clean up and remediation, please visit the:

Centers for Disease Control-Mold Information Page

Mold Clean-Up Fact Sheet