County Drains

County Drains

The office of the Livingston County Drain Commissioner has maintenance jurisdiction on approximately 400 miles of open(ditch) and enclosed (pipe) drains. While this sounds impressive, county-maintained drainage represents only 2 to 3 per cent of Livingston County's drainage systems.  The Drain Commissioner's office employs a Drain Maintenance crew, and owns a variety of equipment for drain related construction activities. (Additional equipment is rented by us on an as needed basis.)
 
Drain projects are divided into 2 categories -
Maintenance Activities and Petitioned Projects
Maintenance Activities may be performed by our Drain Maintenance Crew or may be subcontracted to a local contractor, depending on the project scope.
 
Petitioned Projects require the request of a local unit of government or the signatures of landowners on a petition  to begin. Petitioned Projects involve the use of an engineer to draw construction plans and may require acquisition of easements as well as public hearings.  Depending on the project may require the use of contractors.
 
The following references Public Act 222:
An individual who has been injured or has suffered property damage as a result of a county storm drain system must provide written notice of the event within 45 days after the date the damage or injury was discovered. Written notice must include the following:
  • Name, address and phone number of the claimant
  • Address of the affected property
  • Date of discovery of any property damages or physical injuries
  • Brief description of the claim
Failure to comply with the new reporting requirements will result in a denial of the claim. Act 222 of Public Acts of 2001 To report flooding  please call 517-546-0040. Calls are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weekends and holidays. Follow the prompts if reporting a flooding emergency after hours.