State of emergency declared in Genesee County following floods
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
The severe rains that fell overnight in Genesee County has the county chairman declaring that a state of emergency exists in the region due to the damage left behind by the flooding.
"As chairman of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, in accordance with section 10, Public Act 390 of 1976, I hereby declare that a state of emergency exists," said Genesee County Chairman Jamie Curtis to TV5. "Emergency plans and local resources have been activated to the fullest extent of their power."
Genesee County's drain commissioner told Michigan Radio that the overnight rains led to a 100-year flood event around Flint.
On top of the flood damage, Consumers Energy said at the height of the storm more than 10,500 customers in Flint were without power.
Clayton Township declared a state of emergency due to what was described as a "natural disaster."
According to the township supervisor, Clayton Township experienced an estimated 5 to 7 inches of rainfall in less than 12 hours from Thursday evening through Friday morning. The rains caused severe flooding, which was aggravated by widespread power outages. The township also suffered extremely high sheer winds and hail.
Clayton Township Supervisor Brian Sepanak said an estimated 300 to 500 homes, or 12 percent of the community, have been significantly impacted by the natural disaster. Sepanak said the rains caused severe flooding to basements, drains, streets and intersections, as well as the failure of sanitary sewers.
The township is asking any resident that has suffered relevant damage to email their name, address, phone number and a brief description of the damage to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at Bristol Road's Church of Christ, at G-1313 West Bristol Road, between Ban Slyke and Fenton roads. Anyone affected by the flooding and in need of a place to stay for the night is invited to come to that location.
Videos and slideshow of the damage can be seen in the sidebar to the left.
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