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Teams working together to survey Dearborn Heights flood damage

Associated Press
A Hanover Street resident paddles a raft along Currier Street in Dearborn Heights on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  Several inches of record rainfall caused an already swollen Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, whose levels were at 30-year highs, to breach seawalls and flood neighborhoods.

Dearborn Heights – Teams of federal, state and local personnel will work together to assess damage in the Detroit area due to spring flooding.

Michigan State Police say teams starting Tuesday will review the extent, severity and impact of the flood damage to homes and businesses in Wayne County. Information will be used to determine whether the flooding warrants a request for a federal declaration and assistance.

Dearborn Heights firefighters rescue members of the Clifton family from their flooded home along Currier Street in Dearborn Heights.

The state’s Homeland Security Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration are among those involved.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier announced a state of emergency in Wayne County, which includes Detroit.

Areas along Lake St. Clair and western Lake Erie also have been hit by flooding in recent weeks due to winds and rainfall amid high water on the Great Lakes.