Mich. Communities Ask Governor To Declare Emergency In Wake Of Flooding
|By Gina Damron, Kathleen Gray and Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press|
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As metro Detroiters spent Tuesday grappling with the aftermath of the historic downpour that flooded roadways and basements on Monday, city and county leaders considered ways to help weather the impending financial storm.
The governor's office won't take action on
"They didn't ask for any specific resources," she said. "And we're trying to identify ways we can assist them right away."
"We are absolutely overwhelmed,"
The state is working with local leaders, and a representative from the
"The state is already helping in numerous ways on the ground and basically we haven't gotten a good assessment yet on the damage," Wurfel said. "When we get that, we'll be prepared to act."
If Snyder does declare a state of emergency and asks for federal assistance, the president could issue a major disaster declaration and provide public assistance for things like repairing infrastructure and public facilities; assistance to households and businesses, and hazard mitigation assistance to reduce future losses to public and private property.
The destruction across metro
As of this evening, two deaths are possibly linked to the torrential downpour -- a 100-year-old woman found dead in her flooded basement in
Residents across the region were forced to throw out waterlogged couches, carpeting, electronics and belongings with sentimental value.
"There's nothing you can do, and you just hear things falling over because there's so much water," Schebel said. "It's devastating."
Monday was the second-heaviest single-day rainfall in
Based on data reported to the weather service,
With flooding on area interstates, drivers were urged Tuesday to stay off the roads.
In addition to flooding, some residents also dealt with power outages.
The outages are scattered, but there are pockets in
It's unclear when those customers would have their power restored.
"Crews are having challenges traveling to areas to make repairs," DTE spokeswoman
The company also noted that the storms would have some effect on the company's routine business.
"Natural-gas customers living in
Requests to shut off gas to homes and businesses should be made to 800-477-5050, the company said.
It was not immediately clear how many Consumers customers had experienced outages as a result of the storms.
'What do we do?'
Meanwhile, communities struggled to assist residents while dealing with flooding themselves.
Floodwaters swamped the
"We stared down there for a second like 'What do we do?' " said
The water had to be pumped out and the carpet had to be ripped out. The couple spent the morning trying to salvage what they could. They hadn't heard back from a restoration company and insurance companies are inundated with calls from people in similar situations.
Neighbors helping neighbors
Through it all, neighbors took the time to help each other as floods left people stranded or with multiple feet of water filling up their basements.
But he has used it twice now to rescue or help neighbors stranded by floodwaters near his home, which did not flood. On Tuesday, he and neighbor
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