Governor Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Wayne County

Contact: John Truscott (517) 335-6397

Governor John Engler today requested that President Bill Clinton declare a major disaster in Wayne Co. because of widespread flooding caused by heavy rains on Sept. 10 and 11.

"A presidential disaster declaration will further help the people who have been affected by flooding in their homes and businesses and get their lives back to normal as soon as possible," Governor Engler said.

Preliminary assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) show that rainfall caused flooding in 13,211 private residences and businesses. Many flood victims have indicated that their repair, restoration and replacement costs could easily exceed $5,000 or more; some homeowners have indicated their loses will come to $25,000.

Affected by the severe flooding in Wayne County were Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, Taylor, Van Buren Township, Wyandotte and the city of Wayne.

The Governor on Sept. 20 proclaimed a state of disaster in Wayne County. Since that time, the State Police Emergency Management Division, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation have been assisting communities in their damage assessment efforts.