County Releases Flood Damage Estimate

By Bill Mullan

(PONTIAC, MI) – Oakland County’s preliminary damage estimate from last Monday night’s historic rainfall, that brought heavy flooding, is $337 million. That number is only an estimate and could grow higher as more damage assessments come in.

Residents who still need to report damage or request assistance should do so through their local city or township government.

“The damage estimate does not reflect the magnitude of the task that lies ahead for our residents to recover from Monday’s storm,” said County Executive L Brooks Patterson. “We have opened up the channels to request state and federal assistance and continue to collect damage assessments from local governments.”

Oakland County Homeland Security Division began collecting damage assessments from city and township governments last week and continues to do so. There is a very high threshold to receive disaster aid from the state and/or federal government. It is unclear yet whether Oakland County and its impacted communities will reach that mark.

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