Whitmer declares flood emergency

Dearborn Heights firefighters rescue members of the Clifton family from their flooded home along Currier Street in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Overnight rain across the Detroit area lefts scores of basements flooded and made some local streets impassable. Some vehicles had to be towed from the water. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to widespread flooding resulting from this week’s heavy rainfall.
Whitmer acted Thursday after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans pointed out about 3,000 homes in the county including Detroit have been damaged and local resources are inadequate to deal with it.
With her declaration, Whitmer is making available state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area.
The National Weather Service says about 3.6 inches (9.1 centimeters) of rain fell from 12:53 p.m. Tuesday until 3:53 a.m. Wednesday. The rain swamped homes and closed a stretch of the Southfield Freeway in both directions.
The weather service says a flood watch remains in effect through this morning in a six-county area including Wayne.