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State of Emergency in response to Detroit floods

DETROIT — Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Detroit and surrounding Wayne County, following heavy rain over the weekend that flooded freeways and streets.

The National Weather Service reports more than 6 inches of rain fell, beginning Friday, in parts of the Detroit area, overloading sewer systems. Some streets became completely flooded, while low–lying sections of freeways saw water deep enough to cover car tires and hoods.

Governor Whitmer said she’s seeking federal assistance. “So the process is underway to determine if we qualify for federal assistance. I would surmise that that is highly likely. And in this process we’re gonna do everything we can to make sure that local governments, homeowners and business–owners get the assistance they need.”

Storms that crossed through the region also knocked out power to about 40,000 homes and businesses.