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Gov. Snyder surveys flood damage firsthand in Royal Oak

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ROYAL OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -  
About $337 million in flood damage has been estimated in Oakland County and that number could rise as more reports come in.

Gov. Rick Snyder visited one of the hardest hit areas,  Royal Oak,  surveying flood damage and helping residents impacted by the storm Friday.

His first stop was Royal Oak Middle School

All the cabinets have to be removed, drywall cut, we need to parcel out our resources to make sure there's a safe environment for our kids," said Royal Oak schools Superintendent. Shawn Lewis-Lakin.

Much of Southeastern Michigan was hammered earlier this week when heavy rains caused flooding and shutdown interstates.

With so much devastation, some question if Snyder too long to respond.

"The local communities have to request a declaration," Snyder said. "We had a declaration from Wayne County on Tuesday night. It really did affect all three counties and the other two counties came in the following morning. and within an hour or so I made the state declaration  would before noon on Wednesday."

After surveying the school, Snyder with several volunteers went  to resident  Matthew Cahaney's house in Royal Oak to help with cleanup.

"They had carpet, they had furniture,  a lot of important things got lost," Snyder said.

"There  was at least a foot of water," said Cahaney. "This (help) was a Godsend."

Cahaney says he hopes the governor can secure federal assistance for residents impacted by the storm

"I hope we get some assistance, that would be great," he said. "Our insurance covers flood damage, but not this. We  lost everything."

If and when that aid arrives, is unclear for now. But the Snyder has a message for residents and those affected by Monday's flood.

"The best thing we can do is help each other," he said. "As we go through all the formalities with the federal government, let's get out and help people and go to work."


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