|By Tresa Baldas, Christina Hall and Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press|
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Thousands of flooded basements and raw sewage spills. Wrecked cars. A massive sinkhole and damaged freeways. Ongoing traffic nightmares.
The devastation has left local officials exasperated and pleading for help, saying there is no way their communities can handle this on their own. They are in dire need of state and federal aid, they say. And it needs to come fast.
"This is a public health issue," said Warren Mayor
Snyder says efforts are under way to help the region.
"We are actively pursuing all potential avenues of assistance, including applicable federal relief programs to ensure that all appropriate resources are secured for our hardest hit communities in southeast
Snyder's emergency declaration came nearly 24 hours after the governor interrupted a four-day visit to the
The governor's declaration likely sets stage for state to determine damage and whether the state has the ability to cover the costs on its own. If the state feels it can't cover the losses, Snyder would ask
For residents like
Moskalik and her husband have spent two days lugging belongings from their flooded basement. She said the water includes sewage, which neighbors reported shooting out of their toilets and showers, creating a foul smell that six fans and two dehumidifiers can't cut through.
"(The smell) is getting kind of bad now," Moskalik said on Wednesday. "The smell is permeating through the house."
Many flood victims are getting hit with a double-whammy: no insurance coverage.
"They had a false sense of information that their insurance covered (the damage)," Quisenberry said.
County and local officials are still assessing damage estimates. In
Monday's heavy rains drenched some parts with up to 6 inches of rain, including Warren, where many residents have told the mayor that they don't have the money to pump or clean their basements, or they can't find anyone to do so because so many people have been impacted.
"This is going to magnify the effect," Hackel said, adding the state needs to come up with financial help.
In a letter to Snyder, Patterson said: "Local resources are not sufficient to cope with the situation."
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"I can't think of a more unsanitary image than that," he said. "This stuff needs to be destroyed."
Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist
She also recalled getting phone calls from flood victims, a few of them were grown men, crying.
"I hear in their voices the heartache and backache," she said.
In the days to come, the
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