Archive for August, 2014

Dearborn Mayor says Scavengers Not allowed

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. says the city is prohibiting any curbside scavenging of trash in Dearborn while crews are still cleaning up from the severe basement flooding that occurred Aug. 11 during the historic rainstorm.

His directive follows his emergency declaration of Aug. 13 in the wake of the basement flooding.

“For health and safety reasons, we can’t have people looking through trash bags and searching through piles of materials that are sometimes five feet high. We really can’t tell what is in the bags, but we know that materials are damaged from the flood, most likely contaminated with sewage. It is just not safe,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

In addition, reports have come in about scavengers creating litter by sorting through materials. City ordinance already prohibits curbside scavengers from creating litter and scattering trash while looking for discarded flood damaged materials they deem of value.

Scavengers, or anyone, can be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they are littering. The maximum penalty is $500 or 93 days in jail.

Residents should call the non-emergency police number at 943-2241 or the anonymous suspicious activity hotline at 943-3030 to report littering and to let police know if they are seeing scavengers in their neighborhoods sorting through flood damaged materials.


Dearborn says Flood Damaged Items Picked up Free

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Dearborn residents affected by basement flooding following the unprecedented amount rainfall on Aug. 11 are advised that damaged materials can be set at the curb on their regular trash day. There will be no special pickup fee assessed for flood-damaged material.

Until trash days, residents are encouraged to store the materials outside on their property in a manner that does not create a nuisance.

Note that carpet should be cut up and bundled in manageable pieces when set at the curb.

Trash and all loose debris should be bagged in heavy-duty trash bags.

Extra trash trucks from Republic Services will be dispatched each day.

The DPW yard, 2915 Greenfield, will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 (a regularly scheduled day) and again on Saturday, Aug. 23 for Dearborn residents to drop off items to be disposed. Residents must be able to lift and carry their own items at the DPW Yard.

Residents wanting information about cleaning up flooded basements and the process and requirements of filing a claim regarding flood damage can visit the city’s website at