Michigan leaders tour flood damaged homes, say they'll call for federal help

Aug 18, 2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder toured flood-damaged homes in metropolitan Detroit.

More from the Associated Press:

[Gov. Snyder met] a woman who's living in a tent in the front yard of her water-damaged home.

Forty-six-year-old Coreena Dragoi says she moved into a tent after water and mold made her house uninhabitable.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts accompanied Snyder and U.S. Rep. Sander Levin on the visit Monday to the northern Detroit suburb.

Fouts says it's vital to get government aid for his community, where about 18,000 homes sustained some type of flood damage in last week's record-setting rainstorm.

Gov. Snyder asked the state insurance commissioner to look into the damage.

MPRN’s Jake Neher reports that Michigan’s congressional delegation and Gov. Snyder will push the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help with flood damage in and around Detroit.

More from Neher:

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes to formally ask for FEMA assistance this week. He says that’s if the state can gather enough information about the extent of the damage.

“The next step that we’re really working hard on in partnership with the congressional delegation is getting the information to FEMA, to the federal government, because the real step we need is a presidential declaration.”

Michigan Congressman Sander Levin, D-MI, says once Gov. Snyder makes the request, the Michigan congressional delegation will push for action.

Neher reports that elected officials are urging residents to send pictures and lists of damage to their local communities to make the case for the amount of federal help.