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Highland Park mayor declares state of emergency behind heavy rainfall in SE Michigan

Highland Park street flooded after record-breaking rainfall. PHOTO COURTESY MWRO/Joe Gall

Highland Park street flooded after record-breaking rainfall. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN WELFARE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

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HIGHLAND PARK – In an official city bulletin Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom declared a disaster as of 12 p.m. Aug. 12 due to the recent heavy rainfall that has “engulfed the city, county and entire southeastern Michigan.”

Windom says the extreme flooding on residential and commercial streets has created dangerous conditions that require additional resources. Southeast Michigan was hit with torrential rains Aug. 11, the most rain in the area in almost 90 years.

The unexpected storms caused damage to roads, homes and businesses throughout the SE area.

In his letter, Windom urges Gov. Rick Snyder to make the same declaration. Snyder was on a trip to the Upper Peninsula and flew back to see the flood damage from a State Police helicopter.

He told reporters there’s only so much public officials can do to prevent that kind of damage. “This was simply a record event of rain; the largest amount of rain since sometime in the 1800s coming down in a very short period of time,” he said. “And the issue is, we just need to work through it.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says in anticipation for more rain he has dispatched crews from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the Department of Public Works to work across the city to identify roads and streets that are still flooded and in need of clearing.

In a release release he instructed residents to, if they are able, locate their catch basin and remove any visible debris, “this may alleviate the flooding in front of their home.”

Duggan says residents can call DWSD at 313.267.8000 during the day and 313.267.7401 after hours, if they need assistance with clearing water from their streets/homes. The city will send out a crew to clear the obstruction.

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