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Detroit area residents clean up after flooding hits region

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                                Trash is shown on a street in Grosse Point Farms, Mich., today. Residents in the Detroit area were cleaning up after flooding in the area overloaded sewer systems, damaged homes and knocked out power for thousands.

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    Trash is shown on a street in Grosse Point Farms, Mich., today. Residents in the Detroit area were cleaning up after flooding in the area overloaded sewer systems, damaged homes and knocked out power for thousands.

DETROIT >> Residents in the Detroit area were cleaning up today after flooding in the area overloaded sewer systems, damaged homes and knocked out power for thousands.

Bags of trash lined neighborhood streets in suburban Grosse Pointe Farms as garbage trucks made special rounds to help pick up debris, including damaged furniture and bedding.

A day earlier Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office declared a state of emergency for Detroit and surrounding Wayne County daylong rain flooded freeways and streets. Health officials warned of hazardous conditions today amid cleanup efforts and cautioned residents to stay out flood waters.

“Floodwater and standing waters can be dangerous and can make you vulnerable to infectious diseases, chemical hazards and other injuries,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, state’s chief medical executive and chief health deputy.

DTE Energy said nearly 24,000 customers remained without power today. Indiana Michigan Power said crews were also were restoring power for thousands in Michigan and northern Indiana.

More than six inches of rain fell Friday in parts of the Detroit area, overloading sewer systems. Some streets were completely flooded, while low-lying sections of freeways saw water deep enough to cover car tires and hoods.

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