Assessments Planned for Flooded Neighborhoods

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Officials in West Michigan are assessing damage from spring flooding that left parts of Grand Rapids and other communities under water.

WOOD-TV reports that teams from Grand Rapids and Kent County plan to go through flooded neighborhoods over the next few weeks.

The assessments will allow officials to decide if they should seek a disaster area declaration from Gov. Rick Snyder.

About 1,700 Kent County residents were evacuated from their homes after several days of heavy rain caused the Grand River to rise over its banks. The 32-story Plaza Towers residential building in Grand Rapids was evacuated April 20 after water flooded its basement.

The Grand River dropped back beneath flood stage Thursday. reports that Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has extended a state of emergency through Tuesday.

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