- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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

The Macomb Daily reports (https://bit.ly/1vkY2vr ) six teams of federal and state officials began checking the area Tuesday. The federal assessment will determine whether tens of thousands of people affected by the Aug. 11 storm will get financial assistance.

The teams include officials from FEMA, the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Small Business Administration. They’re touring properties in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to corroborate damage reports through Thursday and possibly Friday. The governor could use their assessment to formally request a disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.

Macomb County officials estimate the storm caused more than $300 million in damages.

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Information from: The Macomb Daily, https://www.macombdaily.com

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