June 28 (UPI) – Michigan officials said Monday they were asking the Biden administration for federal help after the city of Detroit was inundated with record-breaking weekend rainfall that caused widespread flooding.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials said they were coordinating efforts to get federal help after historic precipitation, in which 6 inches of rain swept through the city in just two hours on Friday. evening and early Saturday.
As a result of the downpour, abandoned vehicles remained partially submerged on the city’s highways as thousands of homes and businesses were flooded.
Whitmer visited a flooded section of Interstate 94 where the roofs of submerged cars were still visible above the water and then told reporters that climate change and aging infrastructure were behind the massive flooding .
“What we need is a comprehensive investment in infrastructure at the state and federal levels,” she said. “I am happy that the president [Joe] Biden is working to put together an infrastructure package because it’s not unique to Michigan, but it’s our job to deliver for the people of the state. We are doing what we can with the resources we have. “
Duggan said an aging stormwater system built decades ago, when the city’s population was 1.5 million less than today, cannot handle such extreme weather events.
“We are preparing President Biden’s dossier [to declare a disaster],” he said.
Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Wayne County, which includes Detroit, on Saturday.