|By Gina Damron, Kathleen Gray and Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
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