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Important Information About the Recent Flood

** As of 8-19-2014 @ 2:48pm: Trash Pickup is running 3 days behind schedule.
WWJ News Radio 950 will be hosting a live report with Rizzo Services on the Royal Oak situation between 7:30am - 9:00am, August 20th.

Trash collection has been working extremely hard during the week and on Saturdays. At times, there are 25 trucks and crews working, when normally there are 9 assigned to Royal Oak. The trash volumes are extraordinary, and our waste collection contractor, Rizzo Services, has promised 60 trucks this coming Saturday to work throughout the City. Call 248-246-3246 for daily updates.

Please note: SOCRRA (South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority) is currently closed to the public for recycling, hazardous waste and electronic recycling drop-off. Residents still need to call (248)288-5153 to schedule an appointment for these items to be dropped off once they re-open. SOCRRA will update their website daily. Please refer to SOCRRA’s website at for more information.

Cleanup Assistance

The Michigan Community Service Commission has established a signup form to ask for assistance. If you would like to request assistance in removing flood-affecting belongings, mud, sand, or floodwater, gutting flood-affected walls (drywall/paneling) or disinfecting, visit and complete the Flood Cleanup Assistance Form. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20 you can also call 211 and enter your request for volunteer help. Read More »

Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Following storms and flooding, Mayor Jim Ellison declared a state of emergency on Aug. 12 in the City of Royal Oak. The declaration has been forwarded to Oakland County Homeland Security, which will then forward it to state and federal authorities.

On Aug. 13, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder declaring a local state of emergency in Oakland County. The letter opens up the pathways for local communities to request assistance.

Flood Claim Request Form

Public Act 222 of 2001 clarifies the conditions under which municipalities are liable for sewer backups.

If you experienced an overflow or backup and would like to file a claim, please send us your information via our online Flood Claim Request Form. Claim forms must be returned to the City by September 25, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. You must include your name and address in order to receive a claim request form.

More than 3,000 flood claims have been recorded and this map shows the where the claims are concentrated in Royal Oak: Flood Claims Map.

Additional Informational Resources

Oakland County has set up Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC) in Troy and Southfield to assist those residents and businesses impacted by the flood. The Troy MARC will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road north of Big Beaver. The Southfield MARC will be open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road south of the I-696 expressway. Read More ».

Additional information on coping with water and sewer backup, dealing with health and safety issues, cleanup and protection against disease is available here.

You can also visit the Oakland County Health Division for even more resources and information regarding flooding at:


Is Royal Oak Michigan’s New Tech Center?

Is Royal Oak Michigan’s New Tech Center?

A wave of cutting edge technology companies continue to call Royal Oak home.

Meet Vectorform, a digital products design firm, which is moving into 20,000 square feet of office space in the former Barnes & Noble building;
Marvel Apps, recently named by Crain’s Detroit as one of the top five Michigan mobile app developers; and Crowdrise, which just raised $23 million in venture capital.

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City Highlights

» Summer Concert Series Schedule
» Up To $500 Fine for Violating Royal Oak’s Fireworks Ordinance
» City Commission Discusses Deteriorating Roads
» Service Line Warranties of America FAQs
» Royal Oak Introduces Pothole Repair Tracking Map
» 2014 Sidewalk Improvement Program Information
» SkyWarn 2014 - Free Classes Available!
» National League of Cities’ Water and Sewer Utility Warranty program
» Oakland County Road Commission - 2013 Strategic Planning Report
» Citizen Survey Reports Presented at the 2014 Strategic Planning Session
» Open Positions on Boards and Committees - Apply Now!
» Public Art Pops Up In Downtown RO!
» Mayor Delivers State of the City Address!
» City Completes Pavement Management Analysis
» Woodward Ave Complete Streets Project
» Home Improvement Program Grants Announced
» Online Registration for Recreation Programs is Now Open!
» Updated Cooperation, Collaboration and Consolidation Plan
» Do Not Knock Registry Information and how to sign up
» Public Hearing Notices

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Upcoming Events

Arts du Jour Charity Preview

Event - Date & Time: 
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

The official charity preview of the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will be on Thursday, August 21. This special event will take place outside the Royal Oak Library on Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza and Veteran Memorial Plaza, just across Troy Street from the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Celebrity servers, 50 restaurants & eateries, live entertainment, 10 local charities to benefit, and much more for an evening of enjoyment! Arts du Jour promises to provoke and delight.Read more »

Park It Family Fun Nights

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for the 'Park It 4 Fun' event on Aug. 26 at Memorial Park. The FREE Family Fun Night includes live music, kid activities, giveaways, a movie under the stars and more! For more information and a complete schedule, visit
Location: Royal Oak Memorial Park - 31050 Woodward
Date: Tuesday, August 26
Event Starts: 6:00 pm
Music Starts: 6:30 pm George Brothers BandRead more »

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:00am - Monday, September 1, 2014 - 9:00pm

Mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, August 29 - September 1, 2014, for fine art, fabulous music, great tasting food and lots of family fun!  Please visit the Arts, Beats and Eats website for events details.
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Priority Health Arts in Motion 5k-10k Walk-Run Event

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 8:00am - 11:00am

Michigan Youth Arts is holding a 5k/10k Walk/Run on Saturday morning, August 30 in conjunction with Arts, Beats, & Eats in downtown Royal Oak. Family-friendly and suitable for both runners and walkers, the Arts in Motion event raises money to support arts education in Michigan schools. More than just a race, the day is a celebration of the arts! Registration and additional information can be found online at:

Gilda's Family Walk & Run

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This event, being held at the Royal Oak High School, is for friends and family members of all ages and fitness levels. We invite you to enjoy a healthy walk or run and most importantly support families touched by cancer. Lace up your walking or running shoes and come join us in support of our great mission! Together we can provide free social and emotional support for men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends.Read more »

Aids Walk Detroit

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

AIDS Walk Detroit provides financial support for programs in HIV prevention, education and services for HIV positive individuals. The organization promotes public awareness through events and activities to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS are treated with dignity and respect.

About AIDS Walk Detroit: Read more »

Burgers and Brass Outdoor Concert

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall with a free concert featuring the Motor City Brass Band. The doors open at 4:00 pm and the concert begins at 4:30 pm at the Leo Mahany / Harold Meininger Senior Community Center, 3500 Marais Ave - East of Crooks/North of 13 Mile Rd. The Concert is to be held outside, so bring a chair or lawn blanket. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Community Center. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This performance is made possible by generous donations from the following local businesses:
American House Royal OakRead more »

Royal Oak Computer and Electronics Recycling Event

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

There will be a free Computer and Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, October 4th at the Royal Oak Department of Public Service located at 1200 N Campbell Rd, Royal Oak MI 48073. This event is open to the public. During the event, they will be accepting TVs, computers, consumer electronics, home office equipment, and large kitchen appliances at no charge! (Excluding items containing Freon (ie. fridges), biohazards, hazardous waste, liquids of any type; fluorescent bulbs or smoke detectors).

The time of this event is yet to be determined.Read more »

Royal Oak Community Awards

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The 67th Annual Royal Oak Community Awards hosted by the Chamber of Commerce will be on Tuesday, October 21 at Emagine Theatre. We are looking for nominations for the Best of Royal Oak in a variety of categories, including Citizen of the Year, Community Spirit, Commercial and Residential Beautification awards. Nes this year is the Outstanding Royal Oak Youth Award. Anyone can make a nomination!Read more »

Ghosts & Goblins Gala

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

The Ghosts & Gobblins Gala charity masquearade at the Royal Oak Farmers Market is non-profit charity event for Kenya Relief. Enjoy the wicked sounds of the Aaron Vaughn Band, a photo booth, 50/50 raffle, prizes, tasty treats, exotic cocktails and more! Tickets are $50; designated driver tickets are $25.

Visit for more information and tickets.Read more »

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