Governor Snyder in Royal Oak surveying flood damage, joins volunteers for cleanup effort

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder came to Metro Detroit on Friday to survey flood damage.

He spent some time taking a closer look at Royal Oak's middle school. That's where damage is estimated to be around $2 million. He also stopped by a home on Farnum street and joined volunteers who are helping the Cahaney family clean-up. Their basement was flooded with a foot of water on Monday.

"We lost the washer, dryer, the fridge .. all the clothes," says Cat Cahaney.

Governor Rick Snyder says it's too early to say when and if federal aid could come to help southeast Michigan, but he urged property owners to report the damage so there's an accurate assessment.

Snyder also visited Macomb County's emergency response center to thank volunteers.

He interrupted an official trip in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday to survey damage from Monday's record-setting rainfall. But the Republican has come under criticism from Democrats as out of touch for a radio interview in which he mentioned his vacation home had recently sustained water damage when a tree limb fell on the roof.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer visited Royal Oak Wednesday to help clean a resident's basement. Republicans have accused Schauer of playing politics by demanding an emergency declaration before seeing the area.

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