After suffering through the heaviest one-day rainfall to hit the region in almost 90 years, homeowners, businesses and government officials are now focusing on the monumental cleanup and reconstruction from widespread flooding that closed freeways, ruined basements, forced power outages, and is believed to have caused at least two deaths.
Homeowners in Detroit and its suburbs, many without flood insurance, are dealing with water damage that will set them back thousands of dollars. Hospitals, police facilities and other businesses are scrambling to save equipment and records. About 6,000 residents and businesses were without power late Tuesday, down from 17,000. Cars remain under water. Raw sewage and standing water present possible environmental hazards.
A state of emergency was declared in Wayne County, Ferndale and Warren, a designation that allows federal relief and support. Gov. Rick Snyder said he will look into whether federal aid is available for devastated roadways that include Interstates 75 and 696.
Metro Airport reported 4.57 inches of precipitation Monday, second only to the 4.74 inches which fell on July 31, 1925, according to the National Weather Service. As homeowners and crews worked to fix Monday’s damage, it continued raining Tuesday, exacerbating the problem.
For the full article, see George Hunter, “Metro Detroit mops up: ‘We’ve never dealt with anything like this before'”, Detroit News, August 12, 2014.