Snyder surveys flood damage from police helicopter

Gov. Snyder views scope of southeastern Michigan flood damage from state police helicopter
Posted on Aug. 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has surveyed flooded streets and neighborhoods across the Detroit area to assess damage caused by what he calls a “record event of rain.”

In a video (http://bit.ly/1p2sl5Z ) from Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, Snyder says the Emergency Operations Center will help make assessments on whether federal assistance will be needed.

He toured affected areas by helicopter Tuesday after cutting short a trip to the Upper Peninsula.

More than 6 inches of rain fell within a few hours Monday across parts of southeastern Michigan, leaving streets and freeways impassable.

Snyder says that “there are still areas literally flooded with several feet of water.”

The operations center was activated to coordinate response with local officials.

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