UPDATE: Gov. Whitmer declares flood emergency in Wayne County

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UPDATE: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer formally signed a state declaration of emergency for Wayne County in the aftermath of this week’s heavy rainfall and flooding.

“I want to commend the first responders, volunteers and residents who have pulled together to respond to the devastation caused by the damaging rain and flood waters,” said Whitmer. “The state is committed to do all it can to speed the recovery of the affected communities in Wayne County.”    

The county of Wayne declared a local state of emergency on May 2nd, which activates local emergency response and recovery plans.

The request for a governor’s declaration happens after the county has determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to further protect the health, safety and property.

“My staff has been working with Wayne County officials since the heavy rains struck the area earlier this week,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Attorney General Dana Nessel today warned southeast Michigan residents facing damage from recent flooding to be on the alert for con artists looking to take advantage of victims desperate to quickly repair damage. 

“Disasters take an emotional, physical, and financial toll and, understandably, homeowners want to repair the damage and get back to a sense of normalcy,” said Nessel. “They need quick answers and quick solutions. Unfortunately, this is also when criminals and scam artists will travel to and target disaster sites to exploit otherwise careful consumers.” 

ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to widespread flooding resulting from this week’s heavy rainfall.

Whitmer acted Thursday after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans pointed out about 3,000 homes in the county including Detroit have been damaged and local resources are inadequate to deal with it.

With her declaration, Whitmer is making state resources available in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area.

The National Weather Service says about 3.6 inches of rain fell from 12:53 p.m. Tuesday until 3:53 a.m. Wednesday.

The rain swamped homes and closed a stretch of the Southfield Freeway in both directions.

The weather service says a flood watch remains in effect through Friday morning in a six-county area including Wayne.

Sandbags were being stacked in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood to curb flooding.

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