Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Wayne County due to the heavy rainfall and and flooding over the weekend.
The National Weather Service predicts rain and damaging winds over the weekend for much southern Michigan.
The move authorizes Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to work on recovery efforts.
The governor’s office states additional counties may be added.
“We are continuing to work closely with emergency response coordinators and local leaders across the state to address widespread flooding,” Governor Whitmer said in a press release.
She added, “The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate our state’s response as we rush resources to affected areas, and the state of emergency declaration will help counties access even greater assistance. I want to thank everyone who has been working 24/7 to clear roadways, restore power and communications, provide emergency services, and make sure our neighbors have what they need to get through this storm. We’ve overcome tremendous challenges this year because Michiganders are a tough people who know that we are all in this together.”
I’ve activated the Michigan State Emergency Operations Center in response to flooding across the state.— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) June 26, 2021
As communities continue to experience extraordinary rainfall, this will help us better direct resources to meet local needs.