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Gov. Snyder Visits SE Michigan To Evaluate Flood Damage, Urges Residents To Document Everything

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Gov. Rick Snyder, left, with Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

Gov. Rick Snyder, left, with Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

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WARREN (WWJ) — Help is available for those who need it  — that was the message from Governor Rick Snyder who was again touring flooding damage in Southeast Michigan on Monday, this time in Warren.

Snyder said it is important to document your damage from last week’s flooding and to communicate that information with local officials.

“The sooner that we can get that information to the federal government, the better off we are,” Snyder said. “FEMA has been responsive, but we need to expedite this as much as possible — that include not just residents, but businesses, public structures. Let’s get all this information and go.”

Snyder is hearing from a lot of residents about concerns over their insurance. Coreena Dragio has been living an a tent outside of her rental home on Eureka Rd. in Warren and has been informed by her insurance company that they will not be covering any of the damage.

“Everything on the first floor is destroyed,” Dragio said.

Snyder urged residents to take pictures, keep receipts and to file a report to the county.

“The issue is that we need to do our part to get the information to FEMA, then FEMA has to do their work ,” Snyder said. “It’s hard to estimate how long it will take.”

Allstate officials told WWJ that they are working around the clock to get in touch with flood victims, helping them to assess the damage and resolve their claims. The company encourages all property owners and renters to talk with their insurance agent about what is covered in their policies.

“We need people to provide information on the damages they’ve suffered,” Snyder reiterated. “Save everything and contact your local government.”

The city of Warren is running its garbage pick-up operation seven days a week in an effort to pick up the trash left from last weeks devastating floods. One official said the city will likely pick up more than three million pounds of garbage before everything is cleaned up.

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