"I'm proud of our communities and residents throughout the region for pulling together in the face of these challenges. Please remember that safety must be our top priority, so I encourage everyone to exercise great caution as the cleanup continues."
Gov. Rick Snyder
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in the Metro Detroit area counties that were affected by severe flooding, following heavy rainfall.
The declaration of disaster is for Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties; the most heavily affected areas. The flooding closed down freeways, flooded neighborhoods and homes, and stranded hundreds of vehicles in the Detroit area. Two deaths in the city of Warren, in Macomb county have been blamed on the flood. A 100 year-old woman drowned in her flooded basement, and a 30-year-old woman suffered seizures and died after her vehicle became trapped in high water.
It states ""The flooding that continues to impact Southeastern Michigan is a disaster in every sense of the word. As local and state authorities work around the clock to deal with this situation, it is clear that the significant personal property and infrastructure damage, coupled with ongoing threats to public safety, warrants this state declaration. By taking this action, the state can fully coordinate and maximize efforts to support its local partners."
Gov. Snyder reminds property owners to contact their insurance agents, if they need to file a claim. Consumers may also contact the Michigan Department of Insurance and Fianancial Services at 1-877-999-6442 with additional questions or concerns.