Officials plan Mich. flooding damage assessments - May 9th, 2013 - Local

— Officials plan to conduct preliminary damage assessments in parts of West Michigan that were among areas hit hard by recent flooding.

The state police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is working with local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the assessments.

Some work is to take place starting Thursday afternoon.

Officials will be in Ionia, Newaygo, Ottawa and Kent counties, including the city of Grand Rapids, and possibly elsewhere in coming days.

MLive.com reports early estimates put flood damage in Grand Rapids at more than $11 million, while elsewhere in Kent County officials estimated it cost $6.2 million. On the other side of the state in Saginaw County, more than $500,000 in flooding damage has been reported.

The flooding began in April and lasted through early May.

Meanwhile....residents have been allowed back into the Plaza Towers in downtown Grand Rapids. The complex was closed April 20th as flood waters entered the basement.