DETROIT (WXYZ) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has issued a declaration of disaster for metro Detroit following flooding that hit the area after Monday night's rain storms.
The disaster declaration covers Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.
Signed today by the governor, the declaration says in part, "Local resources have been insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety, and property, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe."
Earlier Wednesday, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson declared a disaster in his county. Several mayors and leaders of metro Detroit cities and municipalities have already done the same.
A disaster declaration should help these municipalities in their efforts to obtain funding for cleanup and other post-storm efforts.
The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is named in the disaster declaration as the state agency responsible for coordinating the emergency relief efforts of other state offices.
In a statement issued with the disaster declaration, Governor Snyder said, "I’m proud of our communities and residents throughout the region for pulling together in the face of these challenges. Please remember that safety must be our top priority, so I encourage everyone to exercise great caution as the cleanup continues."
On Tuesday, Governor Snyder took an aerial tour over metro Detroit. At that point, he was unready to declare a disaster and thanked local communities and the Michigan State Police for the work they were doing.
READ THE DISASTER DECLARATION: