Gov. Snyder tours southeast Michigan flood zone by air

Aug 12, 2014

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.

Governor Rick Snyder says the state is working hard to help Detroit and surrounding communities deal with massive flooding.
Governor Rick Snyder says the state is working hard to help Detroit and surrounding communities deal with massive flooding.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

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.