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State Resources Continue to Respond to Flooding in Metro Detroit; Road Closures Continue throughout Metro Detroit

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, (517) 324-2304
Agency: State Police

News Release No. 2 – Aug. 12, 2014 – 3:30 p.m.      

LANSING, Mich. – The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continues to be activated to coordinate the state resources that are being used to actively support the Metro Detroit region after the area experienced a record amount of rain in a short period of time on August 11.

“The state remains in contact with local officials to ensure all necessary resources are deployed to protect public health and safety,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP). “First responders continue to respond to flooded roadways and motorists are requested to obey all traffic restrictions as there continue to be unsafe driving conditions in several areas.”

Multiple roadways continue to be closed due to flooding and unsafe driving conditions. Motorists are reminded to only travel as needed and to obey all traffic restrictions and traffic barriers. Updated road closure information is available at www.michigan.gov/drive.

Stranded vehicles are being towed away from the affected areas as water recedes.  Owners of stranded vehicles should contact their local law enforcement agency or the MSP Metro Post at (248) 584-5740, to determine where their vehicle was towed.

Residents and business owners are asked to report any property damage to their local emergency management office. A contact list for local emergency management offices is available at www.michigan.gov/emhsd.

There is one confirmed fatality due to the flooding situation in the City of Warren.  No additional injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Several state agencies continue to respond to the flooding situation to address public health and safety issues.

State agency response efforts:

  • Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers are being used to assist stranded motorists, check abandoned vehicles and to block flooded roadways. Divers with the MSP Underwater Recovery Unit continue to check submerged vehicles; approximately 70 submerged vehicles have already been checked and cleared with no occupants present. The MSP Aviation Unit conducted a flyover of the impacted areas to provide aerial footage for emergency response personnel.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues their operation of removing water and debris from the affected areas, as well as inspecting to ensure safety on roads and bridges.  Drivers are asked to continue to avoid the area due to impassible roads. Even if the roadway looks safe, the substructure may have eroded and is unsafe to drive or walk on. If you must drive, citizens are encouraged to monitor roads by going to www.michigan.gov/drive and monitoring Twitter at @MDOT_MetroDet.
  • The SEOC was activated at 10:26 p.m. on August 11, and continues to be activated with state personnel monitoring and coordinating the situation in collaboration with local officials.

Local Declarations:

The City of Warren declared a local state of emergency and activated their emergency operations plan. The local emergency operations centers in the counties of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne, and the cities of Detroit and Warren are also activated.

At this time, there have been no requests for additional state assistance or a Governor’s declaration.

The public is encouraged to monitor local media for up-to-date weather reports and emergency information. For updated information and safety tips, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/emhsd.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Lansing, the SEOC is overseen by the MSP/EMHSD and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government. The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

State Emergency Operations Center
Public Information Officer
(517) 324-2304 or msp-seocpio@michigan.gov