Dearborn — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Wayne County, and Detroit is seeking federal disaster assistance after major flooding in Metro Detroit.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Gary Brown, director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, said the city’s operation system is at maximum capacity and if more than another inch of rain falls intensely Saturday, it could lead to another backup.

“With an extraordinary event like this, there is a significant amount of rain elevating water in the system, which is now returning to normal levels,” he said. “We are aware that hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of Detroiter households have experienced water in their basements and sewer backups.”

Abandoned vehicles litter the freeways of Metro Detroit, homes and businesses are flooded, thousands are without power, and an unknown number are without phone service after heavy rainfall overnight caused massive flooding.

“We are continuing to work closely with emergency response coordinators and local leaders across the state to address widespread flooding,” Whitmer said in a written statement.

“The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate our state’s response as we rush resources to affected areas, and the state of emergency declaration will help counties access even greater assistance.