August 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Snyder wants FEMA to conduct flood damage assessment

Gov. Rick Snyder chats with Royal Oak homeowner Cathy Cahaney on Aug. 15. (Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News)

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following the flooding that ravaged parts of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Snyder’s request Friday comes after the completion of initial local damage assessments and is the next step toward requesting and being eligible for federal assistance.

Snyder declared a “state of disaster” on Aug. 13 for the three counties. That designation means the state will make available all resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area.

Rain topping 6 inches in spots fell in the Detroit area last week, flooding thousands of homes and shutting down part of the region’s expressway system.