- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is starting preliminary evaluations of the damage caused by massive flooding in the Detroit area earlier this month.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1BXxS3F ) FEMA will begin checking the area Tuesday following a request by Gov. Rick Snyder for the agency’s help last week. The federal assessment has to happen before Michigan can request a disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.

A FEMA spokeswoman says six teams will work with state and local officials to canvass Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The agency reviews factors including the size and scope of the damage and the number of people displaced when considering eligibility for assistance for residents.

The agency says damages in recreational rooms, unoccupied basements or storage spaces usually don’t qualify for assistance.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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