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Costs rise from Detroit flooding, but death toll goes down


DETROIT (WKZO) - One week after Metro Detroit had record rainfall and massive flooding, damage estimates are rolling in and are now expected to exceed the one-billion-dollar mark.

Damage estimates from Oakland County are around 337-million dollars, Wayne County is reporting another 300-million dollars.

Macomb County is expected to release numbers this week, but the city of Warren, where 18-thousand homes have been damaged has placed the estimate at about 100-million dollars.

The City of Detroit also has yet to release a figure.

Officials in the effected areas are hoping that federal assistance will eventually be on the way. Some residents are living in tents and out of their damaged and unsafe homes because they have no alternatives.

Governor Snyder has declared the three counties to be disaster areas, but that will only provide help to local municipalities to clear roads, provide security and restore utilities.

The death toll from flooding is one person lower after it was learned that 30-year-old Jena David did not die.

In fact she is very much alive after suffering a seizure in her car after she became trapped by water.

It was reported to the police that she was “unresponsive”, which has become a code word for dead, but we will be administering CPR until a doctor officially pronounces them dead.

In this case it just meant she wasn’t answering questions.

She was released and began to learn that she had been reported dead.

She began to call news media outlets to assure them that reports of her death had been premature.