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Posted on: August 25, 2023

Self-report storm damages online to Wayne County Homeland Security

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If you had storm damage this week, Wayne County Homeland Security is asking residents to self-report it by filling out an online survey.

Click here to self-report damages. (When filling out the survey, make sure to include a minimum of three pictures.)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today (August 25) declared a state of emergency for Wayne and Monroe counties – with the possibility that addition counties may be added to the declaration as damage is assessed. 

Thursday storms resulted in widespread power outages and flooding including the 5-7 inches of rain that fell in Southeast Michigan on Thursday morning leaving several areas flooded (a 500-year storm event). 

This was followed by more storms in the evening that produced 75-80 m.p.h. winds and possible tornadoes that left many areas without power, damage to structures and flooding.

The combination of flooding, power outages and some residual humidity could lead to health impacts such as exposure to contaminants in flood water, damage and contamination to drinking water systems, heat stress from cleanup efforts in high humidity, and mental stress from repeated storms and flood cleanup.

Wayne County had already declared a state of emergency after the storms. The governor’s declaration will ensure that state resources are available for the recovery, coordinated through Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

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