DETROIT (WWJ) – After spending the past week doing flood damage assessment in hundreds of metro area homes – representatives of Federal Emergency Management Agency are shifting gears.

“This week FEMA teams are going to be going throughout Metro Detroit and the city of Detroit and looking at bridges and infrastructure,” said Ron Leix with the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

“We saw quite a bit of damage in terms of flooded basements and structures and the hardships that everybody is experiencing as a result of the torrential rain and flooding,” he said.

Although any formal disaster declaration would still likely be a couple of weeks away, in a best case senario, Leix says help is available now for local residents in need.

“We have a recovery coordination center in southeast Michigan and by calling 2-1-1 you’ll be connected with that recovery coordinator center,” said Leix, “they can provide boots on the ground to help you clean out the drywall, clean out just the debris left over from the flooding.”

In the end, it still comes down to President Barrack Obama saying “yes” or “no” to a federal disaster declaration for Metro Detroit.


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