Warren mayor: flooding caused city $1.2 billion damage

Aug 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said today that this week's massive flooding caused $1.2 billion damage to over 18,000 homes, The Detroit News reports

It is more widespread than anyone thought,” Fouts told the News. “Every neighborhood has been hit.”

The state said this week it's investigating what cause the widespread problems, citing copper thieves as one of a "long list" of potential culprits. Early reports indicated copper from pump stations, which are supposed to prevent flooding, had been stolen — but the state said it's unknown if that was a leading factor, yet.  

The torrential downpour dumped 4 to 6 inches across metro Detroit communities, causing dozens to ditch their submerged cars and what reportedly appears to be two deaths. It was an absolute mess.