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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Flooding Potential for the City of Lansing

With the rain already received, the frozen ground, and the forecasted rain for the next 24 hours, parts of the City of Lansing are expected to see moderate to major flooding in some neighborhoods and business areas.

At the currently forecasted flood levels, these are the areas that we are watch closely:

  • Frandor – No structures flooded north of Michigan, 3-4 feet of flooding at Kalamazoo between Clippert & Homer, shallow flooding on Michigan Ave

  • Urbandale – 1-5 feet south of Kalamazoo (depending on ground elevation), 1-3 feet between Kalamazoo and Michigan, no flooding expected north of Michigan

  • Willard St – 3-4 feet of flooding, half dozen homes

  • Sycamore Park – Water will be close to homes, may affect a few homes

  • Baker – Half dozen homes may be affected, some are in the floodway

  • Potter Park – Some exhibits flooded, no dangerous animal exhibits impacted

  • South Street Complex – Shallow flooding

  • Confluence neighborhoods – a few dozen homes and businesses affected, streets flooded

  • Old Town – Flooding to first floors of businesses nearest the river, Cesar Chavez should

    stay open

  • Knollwood Willow – Water close to homes

  • Tecumseh River area – Water over Tecumseh River Rd, some homes may be impacted

    None of these impacts are certain.

    Lansing Office of Emergency Management is coordinating with the American Red Cross is the need for shelters should arise.

    The National Weather Service is forecasting an additional 1.5” to 2.0” of rain tonight through tomorrow. This is in addition to the 1.6” we have already received. The frozen ground is causing the water to run directly into the rivers.


Important Safety Information:

  • Persons living along rivers and streams, pay very close attention to the water level

  • Do not drive through standing or moving water across roads

  • Pay close attention to City of Lansing Social Media, Web Site and Lansing Alert for

    important updates.

  • If there is a chance you may be asked to leave your home, please use the attached quick

    checklist to help organize.
    Flooding information can be found at

    Lansing Office of Emergency Management has been in contact with the American Red Cross. Together, we have developed plans in case the need for opening shelters arises.

    Click here to sign up for Lansing Alert text message and email alerts.

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