Officials hope record rainfall will bring FEMA help – CBS Detroit


(CBS DETROIT) – On I-94 westbound just past Warren in southwest Detroit, flooding was still a major issue after the weekend.

CW50’s Cryss Walker was able to count around six cars still submerged underwater on Monday afternoon.

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This is the second major flood under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration, and she says she wants to work on a long-term infrastructure plan to prevent this from happening again in the future.

The governor also says she’s going to need help from the state legislature to get the job done.

“I’ve been trying to start this conversation literally from day one of my administration. I will continue to do what I can, but a partnership of the legislature will go a long way in ensuring that future governors do not have to worry about our infrastructure, ”said Whitmer.

Whitmer assessed damage in Detroit, Dearborn and Garden City on Monday after the area was washed away on Friday with record rainfall totaling nearly six inches in five hours, making it the largest rainy event in 80 years.

“The downpour here was obviously concentrated on the highways that are receding underground, which amplified the water build-up and, most importantly, it showed us what we already know, our aging infrastructure needs to. be modernized and repaired, ”said Whitmer.

The governor joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and DWSD Director Gary Brown to discuss plans to help affected residents.

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According to DWSD, 2,800 Detroit residents experienced flooded basements.

Fifteen bulk teams are dispatched across town to pick up roadside debris.

“We have had a lot of property losses, and we will do everything we can to help you recover as quickly as possible,” said Duggan.

Governor Whitmer has issued a state of emergency for Wayne County, the first step in securing FEMA funds, but the process could take weeks.

“We will continue to work closely with Mayor Duggan as well as other leaders at the local level to ensure that our FEMA demands are informed and inclusive and respond to the gravity and breath of the crisis we face. right now, ”Whitmer said.

In the meantime, affected residents are encouraged to take photos, store receipts and file complaints as cleanup and dewatering efforts continue.

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