Gov. Rick Snyder says numerous state agencies are helping Detroit and surrounding communities deal with massive floods.
Snyder flew to Metro Detroit to survey the damage himself.
Snyder flew back from a trip to the Upper Peninsula to see the flood damage firsthand from a Michigan State Police helicopter. Many freeways and major roads were closed in Metro Detroit; some sections of roads were swept away in flood waters.
Snyder 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,” Snyder told reporters. “And the issue is, we just need to work through it.”
According to the National Weather Service, it was the second-largest amount of rain in a single day in Metro Detroit. The record was set in 1925. Snyder says no local officials have asked the state to declare an emergency to provide additional resources.