Warren city vehicles damaged and totaled by flooding

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Nearly 50 Warren city vehicles are waterlogged following last week's devastating flooding.

Some of the vehicles are totaled while others are on life support. Many of them are at the city's DPW yard.

An estimated $4.5 million in damage has been done to Warren's fire fleet alone.

It's expected four big rigs will have to be replaced, but thanks in part to mutual aid, the fire commissioner says they're prepared to respond to any kind of emergency. However, it's still a long road to recovery.

"We are probably now at 85% capacity. We have rigs available for service. We will slowly be getting back to normal, but with the new normal, we will experience breakdowns because of water damage," he says.

Nearly two dozen police vehicles flooded too. Seven of them are totaled.

Mechanics are working long days trying to fix what they can.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the cost far outweighs the city's insurance. He says paying for all the damage will seriously erode the city's rainy day fund.

Fouts says it's another reason federal help is in such great need.

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