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Trash pickers after floods bring frustration

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People picking through flood-damaged belongings placed along streets in the Detroit area have become a source of frustration and anger for residents trying to clean up their homes.

Twenty-year-old Tyler Scott of Center Line, whose basement flooded, says trash pickers looking for metal to sell for scrap or anything else of value are preying on the "misfortune" of residents. It has led to street-side arguments and attracted police attention.

Center Line Public Safety Director Paul Myszenski, who was in the neighborhood because of trash-picker complaints, tells the Detroit Free Press emotions are frayed for residents.

Gov. Rick Snyder issued a disaster declaration Wednesday for three Detroit-area counties. Monday's storms dumped more than 6 inches of rain in places, flooding roads and many basements in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


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