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WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) -  Governor Rick Snyder returned to metro Detroit -- this time to survey the damage in Warren.

The city says that flooding damaged a third of all homes and businesses there -- at a cost of $1.2-billion dollars.

Snyder has already visited places like Royal Oak, Dearborn and Southgate. On Monday it was Warren where an estimated 40 to 50,000 are dealing with flood damage.

Some are living in horrible conditions because they have no other choice.
 
"It's been crazy, it is financially and emotionally draining for me," said resident Gretchen Domino, whose house flooded.
 
Exactly one week after a historic flood water-logged some 18,000 homes and businesses in Warren,  Snyder is getting a close up look at the damage and the people who are still cleaning up.

 Among them, one family forced to live in a tent on their front yard.
 
"We need people to provide information on the damage, they need to take pictures and provide receipts," Snyder said. "They need to contact their local government so we can give it to the feds. The sooner we do it the better off we are."
 
Snyder, along with Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI) and other local leaders toured the devastation on Monday so they could see the flood damage and what it will take to get life back to normal again.

Residents say federal funding is a must.
 
"We are working with the governor," Levin said. "He needs to request aid from FEMA and once that happens, it will have the full impact of congress."
 
Damage is estimated at close to a $100 million. About a third of all the structures have been affected in one way or another.

The numbers are staggering, the stories heartbreaking and the recovery process will be long and hard.
 
"For once lets help the Americans in need,"  Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said. "We always help  other countries. we need to go  to work immediately to help metro Detroit. we need help now, not later."
 
About three million pounds of garbage has already been removed from the streets of Warren. crews are working around the clock to ensure the rest of the trash is picked up by the end of the week.

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