County installed drain tiles problem

Asked May 20, 2018, 8:36 PM EDT

St. Clair County installed drain tiles on front of our home and the drain tiles have collapsed causing extensive water damage to our home. Is the County Drain Commission responsible to repair this?

St. Clair County Michigan zoning and land use regulation flooding drain commission

1 Response

Thank you for your inquiry. The answer to your question depends on a few things. First, it's important to know the exact location of the drain tiles and your property address. Secondly, we need to understand who has jurisdiction over the area in which the tiles were installed. When it comes to drainage improvements near our homes, sometimes the tiles are privately installed, or installed through the Road Commission or by the Drain Commissioner's Office. The Drain Commissioner's Office has jurisdiction only over ditches and 'rights-of-way' that are designated as their own. I recommend that you please contact the St. Clair County Drain Commissioner's Office directly to discuss your situation. Address information, photos of the situation and any other information you can collect beforehand will be very helpful to the Drain Commissioner's Office in providing you with an answer. Here is the website with their complete contact information:https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/drain_commission/Default.aspx