Programs / July 2021 -

2021 Michigan Flood Response


During the overnight hours on Friday, June 25th, 2021 heavy rain fell across much of the state of Michigan. Communities in the Detroit, Michigan and surrounding Wayne County area had rainfall of more than 6 inches during the night and into Saturday morning. Excess water overloaded pump stations and flooded low-lying sections of freeways. These storms also caused power outages to approximately 40,000 homes and businesses. A state of emergency was declared for Detroit and Wayne county.

As storms continued through the weekend, excess rainfall continued to cause damage as water and sewage flooded basements. Record rainfall inundated systems that were not designed to handle the immense amount of water flowing into them. A state of emergency was issued for the Detroit and Wayne County area and FEMA began flood damage assessments on July 8th, 2021.

NECHAMA Team leaves for Detroit, MI

About our Assessment

On July 12th, 2021 a NECHAMA team departed from Minnesota headed to Detroit, Michigan to begin assessing the damage. The team will work closely with families to salvage personal belongings and remove damaged materials from homes.

Interested in volunteering? More information will be coming soon- follow our updates for information as it becomes available.

Interested in joining our team of supporters? Click the link below to go directly to our Michigan response donation page to make a donation or start a fundraiser.

Support the Michigan Assessment Fund Today!


If you are interested in volunteering with NECHAMA, please take a moment to click on the link below to express your interest in volunteering. A representative of NECHAMA will then connect with you to provide the necessary paperwork to complete ahead of your trip, as well as provide details about accommodations and current Covid protocols.

Volunteer Sign-up Form


Dorothy Maples

Operations Director


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