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Politicans ask why Snyder won't declare state of emergency for Detroit flood

Flood damage in Royal Oak.
Flood damage in Royal Oak.
Courtesy of Bryan Proctor

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder hasn't declared the Metro Detroit flood as a state of emergency and people want to know why.

His opponent for Governer, Mark Schauer, called out Snyder directly this morning as Michigan's largest populated area battles with a disaster.

“Michigan motorists, homeowners and businesses need swift action to repair the damage from this week's historic floods,” Schauer said in a prepared statement. “The response by our local first responders and state troopers has been truly admirable, but now it is time for the State of Michigan to declare a state of emergency and immediately request federal disaster assistance.”

Snyder has replied to the statement, stating that the state government has currently done enough with the assistance of the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also sent one representative from Chicago to review the damage, but not to offer any funds or assistance.

For his own part, Snyder took a half-day break from a trip to the Upper Peninsula to survey the damage, but returned to his trip on Tuesday afternoon.

Snyder's reluctance to assist in any meaningful way is especially disappointing when both Oakland County and Wayne County plus the cities of Ferndale, Royal Oak and Warren have already had to declare states of emergency because of their dire flood issues.

As of Wednesday afternoon, almost half of I-696 is still closed, along with large chunks of I-94 and I-75. Residents are also surveying their own property damage, considered in many cases to reach over $10,000. Making matters even worse for these residents, regular homeowners insurance won't cover most of the damage, and it's unlikely that many of the affected people have flood insurance.

The situation is so dire that Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson released a statement pleading Snyder to help, saying that local resources are not able to cope with the magnitude of the situation. So far, it's all fallen of deaf ears.

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