Gov. Snyder suspends UP trip to survey Detroit flood damage

Gov0812-fotoGov. Rick Snyder briefly suspended a week-long trip to the Upper Peninsula Tuesday to come back and survey damage in and around Detroit due to massive floods.

Many freeways and major roads were closed in Metro Detroit after a record rainfall Monday – some sections of roads having been swept away in flood waters.

“The good part is we have numerous resources already on site,” Snyder told reporters at an airport hangar in Lansing, where he boarded a helicopter headed for Metro Detroit to survey the damage Tuesday.

“We’ve got three squads of Michigan State Police. We’ve had dive teams actually going down to check vehicles to make sure they’re unoccupied and that there isn’t anyone in danger there.”

He said there’s only so much public officials can do to prevent the kind of destruction the floods inflicted in and around Detroit this week.

“This was simply a record event of rain,” he said. “We just need to work through it.”

Snyder now must weigh whether to declare a state of emergency to provide additional resources to communities affected by the floods. The Detroit Free Press reports communities including Wayne County, Warren, and Ferndale have declared states of emergency. Wayne County is urging the governor to do the same.