Flood Response & Sewer Improvements

Please note: This page provides a history of the City's Storm & Sanitary Sewer Study following the 2017 & 2020 flooding events and all flood-related work completed to date prior to the implementation of the City's Concept 5 Sewer Improvement Plan. For information and updates on those projects, please visit the  Concept 5 Sewer Improvements page. 

If you are a resident living in a neighborhood impacted by the Footing Drain Disconnection Program (FDDP), please visit the FDDP page for more information.

Background of the 2017 Storm & Sanitary Sewer Study

During the flooding event on June 22-23, 2017 - which saw the second-highest recorded crest of the Tittabawassee River - thousands of residents within the City of Midland were impacted by surface flooding, flash flooding, and basement sewer back-ups. Although both the sanitary and storm sewer systems performed as designed during this event, they were inundated with water. Residents asked: Could this be prevented or mitigated in the future? The City decided to seek outside help to answer that question.

On October 16, 2017, Midland City Council approved a study of the City’s sanitary and storm sewer system to be conducted by a joint venture of engineering firms 
Hubbell, Roth & Clark (HRC) and OHM Advisors. HRC tackled the sanitary sewer study, while OHM conducted research on the City’s storm sewer infrastructure. 

Final drafts of the 2017 Midland Sanitary & Storm Sewer Study were made available to the public on June 11, 2018, with the finalized report presented to City Council on Monday, September 10, 2018. You can access both documents and the executive summary, as well as supplementary materials below.

 Click to read Volume I: Executive Summary

 Click to read Volume II: Storm Sewer Study    

 Click to read Volume III: Sanitary Sewer Study    

In October 2018, City staff presented a series of recommendations for action based upon the consultants’ study findings, community feedback from the public input sessions, and additional field research and monitoring throughout the city.

Watch the video below (beginning at the 1:48:00 mark) to view the full presentation of these updates. A copy of the presentation is also available by clicking the button below the video.

 Click to view the full recommendations presentation (PDF)    

Watch: City Council Action Related to Sewer Study & Flood Response

Click the links below to access meeting video and documents presented to Midland City Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following the June 2017 event, residents had questions about the state of our storm and sanitary sewer systems, the causes of flooding in Midland, and other topics. We’ve assembled a list of the most frequently asked questions below.

Ongoing Flood & Sewer Study Response 

Since the sewer study was completed in 2018, City staff and contractors have made progress on the consultants' many recommendations. All recommendations will take years to implement, but you can find a  year-by-year breakdown of activities in the next section. The most recent updates will appear in the '2022' tab. Each tab lists activities in chronological order.

Flood Response Updates: Year-by-Year Activities

  1. 2022
  2. 2021
  3. 2020
  4. 2019
  5. 2018


January 10, 2022 - City Council Approves $295,000 Budget Amendment for Concept 5 Final Engineering Design (Video)

At its January 10, 2022 meeting, City Council approved a budget amendment in the amount of $295,000 to contract professional engineering consultants at Moore + Bruggink to provide final design engineering on the Concept 5 sewer improvements. The discussion begins at the 27:40 mark.

Click here to download a PDF version of the presentation.

April 2022: City Council Receives Dam, Flood Restoration Update from Community Groups

At a special meeting on Monday, April 25, 2022, the Midland City Council received updates on flooding infrastructure and dam restoration efforts headed by two local groups: Four Lakes Task Force and the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure. As this meeting was held as an informational update for Council, no public comment was taken. Watch the video above to view this meeting or click the links below for PDF copies of the presentations.

Four Lakes Task Force is a non-profit organization delegated by Midland and Gladwin counties to administer and oversee the maintenance and operations of Secord, Smallwood, Wixom, and Sanford dams and lakes north of the City of Midland. 

The Midland Business Alliance Advisory Committee on Infrastructure  is charged with finding the best ways to work with local, state and federal partners to address longstanding flood issues that impact the citizens, business community and economic development in the GLBR.The committee is made up of MBA board members, members of the community at large, an MBA staff representative, and ex officio representatives from the Four Lakes Task Force, Midland County and the City of Midland.

Download the Four Lakes Task Force presentation (PDF)
Download the Advisory Committee on Infrastructure presentation (PDF)

July 25, 2022: City Council Special Meeting on Footing Drain Disconnection Program, Results of Survey to Moorland & Whitewood Residents

In June/July 2022, the City of Midland sent an informational packet and survey information to residences in the Moorland and Whitewood pumping districts to gauge interest in participation in the FDDP program. In total, 207 homeowners responded to the survey either online or by returning a physical survey. The responses for each question by neighborhood are located in the tables below.

Question 3: Would you be willing to participate in a footing drain disconnection program to eliminate sanitary sewer back-ups from homes in your neighborhood?

Question 5: Would you be willing to participate in a footing drain disconnection program to avoid paying a $95/month surcharge on your water/sewer bill?

Moorland District
Question 3Question 5
Yes: 32Yes: 31
No: 30No: 27
Maybe: 20Maybe: 17
Unsure: 22Unsure: 27
Total responses: 104

Whitewood District
Question 3Question 5
Yes: 31Yes: 38
No: 25No: 22
Maybe: 20Maybe: 12
Unsure: 24Unsure: 27
Total responses: 103

Total Yes/Maybe/Unsure: 72.7%
Total No: 26.3%

The results of this survey and additional information, including a revised phasing plan for the Whitewood neighborhood, were discussed during a City Council special meeting on Monday, July 25. The entire meeting can be viewed above.

View results of the FDDP survey (online survey only - PDF)
Click here to download the presentation (PDF)

November 2022: Citywide Sewer Lining Underway as Concept 5 Improvements Begin

A crew of men install a blue sewer liner into a City sanitary sewer from the back of a white truck

Beginning November 11, 2022, crews from Insituform will install cured-in-place pipe lining in City sewer lines that is intended to repair existing cracks, reduce inflow and infiltration (I&I), and extend the overall life of the sewer system. 

Lining crews have begun working in the northwest corner of the city and will move from west to east in quadrants until all areas have been completed. Ahead of lining placement, crews from Monchilov Sewer Services will clean City sewer lines to prepare the area for work.

Contractors will be communicate directly with residents in areas where the work is being performed. Residents will receive a door hanger (below) from the contractor before work is performed.

Insituform Sewer Lining door hanger

Click here for more information on this work.

Map of Sewer Lining Areas with Lining Locations

A citywide map of all planned sewer lining locations Opens in new window

Click the image above to view a larger map and a quadrant-by-quadrant breakdown of locations (PDF).

To view the Concept 5 Sewer Improvement Plan, click here.

Watch: Sewer Study Video Library 

If you prefer to watch your information instead of read it, you're in luck! Check out the sewer study video library below for video updates from City Council meetings, an explanation of sanitary vs. storm sewer systems, tips to keep your basement dry, and more. Videos appear from earliest to most recent beginning in July 2017.

Use the arrows on each side of the video player to scroll through the library.