- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is back in the Detroit area to survey flood damage.

The governor toured Royal Oak’s middle school Friday afternoon and joined volunteers to help local residents clean their homes. Snyder also planned to visit Macomb County’s emergency response center and thank volunteers.

He interrupted an official trip in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday to survey damage from Monday’s record-setting rainfall. But the Republican has come under criticism from Democrats as out of touch for a radio interview in which he mentioned his vacation home had recently sustained water damage when a tree limb fell on the roof.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer visited Royal Oak Wednesday to help clean a resident’s basement. Republicans have accused Schauer of playing politics by demanding an emergency declaration before seeing the area.

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