LANSING, Mich. -

Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday issued a state declaration of disaster for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and their affected municipalities in the wake of this week’s severe flood damage.

[Document] Declaration signed by Gov. Rick Snyder

“The flooding that continues to impact Southeastern Michigan is a disaster in every sense of the word. As local and state authorities work around the clock to deal with this situation, it is clear that the significant personal property and infrastructure damage, coupled with ongoing threats to public safety, warrants this state declaration. By taking this action, the state can fully coordinate and maximize efforts to support its local partners," Snyder said in a statement. "I’m proud of our communities and residents throughout the region for pulling together in the face of these challenges. Please remember that safety must be our top priority, so I encourage everyone to exercise great caution as the cleanup continues.”

The governor also reminded property owners to work with their insurance agent or provider if they wish to file a claim. Consumers can also contact the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services at 1-877-999-6442 with additional questions or concerns.

IN PICTURES: Metro Detroit hit with massive flooding

Published On: Aug 12 2014 05:47:29 PM EDT
Photos taken by Lex Dodson

On Monday night, metro Detroit was hit with historic rain fall, which resulted in massive flooding on major freeways and in neighborhoods.

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