The City of Lansing remains under a state of emergency due to flooding in the Lansing area, however, evacuated residents may return to their homes if it’s accessible. Both the Sycamore Creek and Red Cedar River have begun to recede. The Grand River is still very high and it’s possible for flood levels to go up even further. Residents living near the Grand River should keep a watchful eye on the flood levels near their homes. Urbandale residents in the City of Lansing should be aware that the barrier at Kalamazoo Street and US-127 is still holding back flood water. The City of Lansing will remain in a State of Emergency until water levels have receded to a point where water levels will not cause any hazards to the community.
“Thanks to the tremendous work of our emergency operations personnel, we were able to lessen the effects of the massive amount of water,” said Lansing Mayor Schor. “After evaluating the situation, we have determined that it is safe for Lansing residents to return home if it’s accessible. We understand the frustrations of those dealing with water in their homes, as well as deteriorating roads and we will continue to provide information and resources to assist Lansing residents.”
The American Red Cross is continuing to assist residents by providing shelter at Letts Community Center (1220 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915). Pet shelters information is available by calling 2-1-1.
Mayor Schor and Lansing’s Emergency Management Team continues to ask residents to stay away from flood water. The water is fast-moving and may be contaminated. It may also be hiding debris, eroded ground, or other dangers.
Mayor Schor commends the many volunteers who have readily offered their help over the past couple days. He asks that those interested in volunteering during the recovery efforts visit www.lansingmi.gov/news to sign-up. 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.
Visit www.lansingmi.gov/news for updates, volunteer and donation information, as well as a map of flood areas and street closures as available.