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Whitmer, Wayne County declare state of emergency due to flooding

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Posted at 6:25 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 06:18:06-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Wayne County in response to Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans' request.

According to a release, Whitmer will sign the declaration Friday morning.

“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.”

With the state of emergency in effect, Whitmer will make available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in Wayne County, a press release states.

The declaration also authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts beyond what has already been done for local agencies.

“Heavy rains this week on top of an already wet April have caused flooding and extensive damage in several Wayne County communities,” Evans said. “With thousands of homes flooded or damaged, we don’t have the resources locally to deal with this amount of damage and thousands of our residents are going to need help.”

Nearly 4 inches of rain fell over a seven-hour period beginning on Tuesday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 1.

Some of the hardest hit areas are Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, the Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Romulus and Taylor.