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Post-flood recovery continues in southeast Michigan

a flooded interstate 94 with a submerged vehicle
Russ McNamara

People in southeast Michigan are submitting damage claims this week after heavy weekend rains led to severe flooding. Local cities and townships are collecting the information, which will make up part of the state’s report to federal emergency officials.    

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has submitted a request for a presidential declaration of disaster. 

FEMA will later review the data to decide if federal assistance is warranted.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) says she’s back in Washington, D.C. to help with that process and “to translate what I’ve been seeing on the ground.”

“I need to move with a sense of urgency in having the Biden administration understand this is coming,” says Tlaib.

Meanwhile, most water from the weekend storm has disappeared on Interstate 94 in Detroit.

a person looking at furniture laying on the side of the road
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Jefferson Chalmers resident Karyn Brown surveys damaged property from her basement following severe flooding in the Detroit neighborhood.

It's a critical step to reopening a four-mile stretch of the major urban highway. Street sweepers and trucks with plow-style blades have moved in to get the pavement ready for east-west traffic again in the city.

The highway closure was the result of an intense storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain Friday and Saturday.

Pumps couldn't keep up with the water due to power failures and other challenges with an interstate that is below ground level in sections.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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