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Posted on: February 22, 2018

Mayor and Emergency Management Get Bird's-Eye View of Flooding

Mayor and Emergency Management get Bird’s-Eye View of Flooding

Water is continuing to rise and moving at a dangerous pace

(LANSING) – The City of Lansing remains under a state of emergency due to flooding in the Lansing area. The Grand River, Sycamore Creek and the Red Cedar River are still expected to crest, or reach their highest point of water level, by the end of the day on Thursday, February 22nd. It is anticipated that water levels will continue to increase throughout the evening and are not expected to recede until Friday, February 23rd. The water wall barrier has been installed at Kalamazoo Street and US-127 from embankment to embankment, about 100 feet across. We are hopeful that the barrier will lessen the impact of flooding in Urbandale neighborhood.

“Thank you to the Michigan State Police Aviation Unit for allowing me and our Emergency Management team to get a bird’s-eye view of the flooding throughout the Lansing area,” said Mayor Schor. “The water is moving quickly and we urge residents to stay away from the water for their safety.”

City officials continue to recommend that everyone in the possible flood areas temporarily leave their home and stay out of the area until the water recedes. The American Red Cross is assisting by providing shelter at Letts Community Center (1220 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915). Pet shelter information is available by calling 2-1-1.

The impacted neighborhoods include, but may not be limited to:

  • Urbandale – South of Michigan Ave./East of Fairview Ave./North of 496/West of 127

  • Sycamore Park – East of Pennsylvania Ave./North of Mt. Hope St./South and West of the River

    (Northern part of neighborhood affected most)

  • Knollwood Willow – East of North Grand River Ave./North of Willow St./South and West of the

    River

  • Baker – South of the River/West of Pennsylvania Ave./East of Cedar/North of Baker

  • Cherry Hill – South of Kalamazoo/North of 496/East of Cherry/West of the River

  • Riverpoint – South, West and East of the River/North of Elm Street (residential area Northeast of ReoTown)

  • Tecumseh River – South of Tecumseh River Dr./North of the River/East of Waverly Rd./West of Tecumseh Park

  • Ravenswood Neighborhood – North of Boynton Dr./South of the River/West of Snowglen Ln.

    All areas along the rivers should be mindful of rising water.

    Residents in need of transportation to Letts Community Center should contact CATA Paratransit at 517- 394-2282. Transportation to Letts will be provided at no cost.

    If you are evacuating your home and have concerns regarding your natural gas service, please call Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. Lansing Board of Water & Light electric customers are advised to first turn off individual breakers and then the main breaker.

    All citizens in the impacted areas should move vehicles from the streets immediately, or they will be towed. On-street parking in other areas of the city will be open during the state of emergency.

    Volunteers who would like to help during the response and recovery efforts can sign up by clicking here. Monetary donations for flood victims should be directed to the Red Cross by calling 517-484-7461. Donations of goods can be dropped off at any Lansing area Goodwill stores.

    To report flooding and other issues please call the Lansing Public Service Department at 517-483-4161. Reports of street flooding can also be submitted using Lansing’s free smartphone application Lansing Connect by clicking here.

    Visit www.lansingmi.gov/news for updates, as well as a map with flood details, as available.

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