Gov. Rick Snyder says he's asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to issue a disaster declaration for Genesee County so residents and businesses can get help with
repairs from early May flooding in the Flint area.
Authorities say at least 1,700 homes and businesses sustained damage from the storm, which started May 3 and dumped more than 5 inches of rain in and around Flint.
Snyder's office says he made the request Wednesday. It says the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently joined state teams that are making a preliminary damage estimate.
FEMA has said the damage didn't merit standards for a presidential disaster declaration.
The Small Business Administration disaster assistance program provides low-interest loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations.