Wxyz.com reported that a declaration of disaster was signed to help Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties obtain state help to recover from the torrential storms that hit the area Monday night.
Governor Rick Snyder waited until Wednesday afternoon, Aug 13, to issue a declaration of disaster for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties after the devastating storms that dropped record rainfall. After a tour of the damaged areas by helicopter on Tuesday, he was reluctant to declare them a disaster.
However, before the official proclamation by Governor Snyder, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Mayor James Fouts of Warren declared disasters in their communities. Several other cities took that step to help their communities recover from the flood damage.
In declaring a disaster for the Tri-County area by the governor, the affected areas should receive funding assistance in clean-up, emergency relief and monetary assistance related to all non-insured public and private properties.
The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is the state agency that will coordinate the efforts of other state agencies.
ClickonDetroit.com quoted the governor as saying:
"I’m proud of our communities and residents throughout the region for pulling together in the face of these challenges. Please remember that safety must be our top priority, so I encourage everyone to exercise great caution as the cleanup continues.”
Macomb County Emergency Management has created a webpage with forms needed by residents to report flood related issues. This report must be filed within the next 24 hours. If you have any questions, please call Emergency Management hotline at 586-493-6767. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Fill out the damage form found here and email or drop off at any local government office. There is a walk in center with computers ready for your form entry at Macomb County Southwest Health Center, 27690 Van Dyke, Warren, 48093.