- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in the Detroit area after heavy rain caused major road closures, flooded houses and damaged infrastructure.

The governor said Wednesday the action will help the state “fully coordinate and maximize efforts to support” local communities. The state declaration applies to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and their affected municipalities.

Snyder says the flooding impacting southeastern Michigan “is a disaster in every sense of the word.”

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said Tuesday that an emergency declaration by Michigan allows a variety of resources to potentially be made available including support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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