Snyder declares disaster, most freeways now open

This aerial photo provided by Michigan State Police shows flooded interstate 696, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, a day after several inches of rain fell in the Detroit area. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
This aerial photo provided by Michigan State Police shows flooded interstate 696, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, a day after several inches of rain fell in the Detroit area. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)


DETROIT (AP) — Southeastern Michigan’s expressway system has finally reopened, two days after a storm dropped as much as 6.2 inches of rain on the region.

Northbound Interstate 75 just south of the I-696 interchange was the last stretch to return to service Wednesday evening.

Gov. Rick Snyder issued a disaster declaration Wednesday for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

>>Photos: Detroit area underwater

He tells The Associated Press that he’s working with Michigan’s Congressional delegation for federal help.

The declaration also frees up more state resources and funds for manpower.

Authorities say two women and a man died in the aftermath of Monday’s storms. They include a 100-year-old found in her basement, a 30-year-old who had a seizure in her flooded car and a 68-year-old man who died while pushing his flooded car.

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Drivers heading to the Detroit area can get the most updated road closure information by going to www.michigan.gov/drive or monitoring Twitter @MDOT_MetroDet.

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