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Tuesday, 29 June 2021 21:36

MI Gov. Calls for Action on Climate Change, Infrastructure While on Flood Tour

Written by Christine MacDonald, Detroit Free Press
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds a press conference June 28 on I-94 near the Livernois Avenue exit after taking a tour of areas damaged by the flood in Detroit. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds a press conference June 28 on I-94 near the Livernois Avenue exit after taking a tour of areas damaged by the flood in Detroit. Rodney Coleman-Robinson, Detroit Free Press

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer toured a flooded Detroit freeway by air and on the ground June 28, calling it "a devastating moment" for many Metro Detroit residents.

"We saw there is a lot of standing water," Whitmer said. "We saw there are people who cleaned out their basements and put the debris on their front lawn because it’s overwhelming."

 

Whitmer spoke with reporters June 28 on Interstate 94 near the Martin Street overpass, a section of the freeway still closed and flooded with water. The roofs of several submerged vehicles were still visible from the weekend rain. 

 

She urged residents cleaning up to be safe and to document their losses and file claims with local municipalities. 

 

She blamed the flooding on climate change and a lack of political will to fund needed infrastructure repairs. 

 

"This is a moment and a need for us to help one another but also for to do the hard work of protecting ourselves going forward," Whitmer said. "And that is doing everything we can to address climate change and building resilient infrastructure that will keep us safe and keep our economy going."

 

Whitmer said the long-term solution won't be found in President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan and urged lawmakers to come together.
 
"Now we are seeing the cost of not fixing it and it would be overly simplistic to say that we should use one time dollars because this is an ongoing problem," Whitmer said. "Republicans and Democrats have to put aside the traditional corners which they go when anyone talks about investment because investment in infrastructure is...


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