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Lansing Township Declares State Of Emergency Due To Flooding At Michigan State University

MSU Flooding


Michigan State University has recently faced flooding on campus that is said to have been the worst the school has faced in over 40 years.

What happened?

According to interim President John Engler during a news conference, the nearby Red Cedar River was above 9 feet Wednesday, with the flood stage at 7 feet. According to The Detroit News, he gave the following statement:

“Be careful if you’re trying to come to campus. Changing conditions are affecting not only the roads but sidewalks and walkways.”

Warmer temperatures, melting snow and ice in the area, and recent rain is believed to be what caused the river to flood.

University staff had planned to work until late Wednesday in order to installed plastic barriers filled with sand along the river; reportedly, Lynda Boomer, director of planning design and construction for MSU, confirmed a barrier measured around 1,200 feet will be kept up until spring. Reportedly, this is the first time the school has deployed a flood barrier on campus.

According to MSU Today, various locations on campus and nearby roads have been closed down, including the Auditorium Road Loop and the IM Circle pool. In addition, Thursday and Friday classes that were meant to be held at the Computer Center, Jenison Fieldhouse and Kresge Art Center have been relocated. In addition, the following warnings have been issued:

“The following sidewalks will be closed: all sides of the Computer Center; between the Computer Center and the Hannah Administration Building; on the south side of Hannah Administration Building up to the south building entrance. The bridge from Wells Hall to the Computer Center will also be closed.”

“Access to the Computer Center will be minimally available through the north entrance only, but anyone wishing to enter the building will be escorted through the construction area to the entrance. All other entrances are emergency egress only. Be prepared for significant construction work and noise in the area. The south entrance to the Administration Building will also be closed.”

“Employees who work in buildings along the river are advised to watch for water seeping into the basements and to alert the Flood Command Center at 517-884-9511 if this occurs.”

What is being said about the flood?

Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, has also released the following flood warning:

“We had a trouble spot this am on U.S. 24/Telegraph under U.S. 12/Michigan Avenue from about 6 a.m.-1 p.m. We got a pump out there and cleared it. In the Dearborn area, when a lot of rain causes the Ecorse Creek to rise, we get some flooding on Telegraph.”

Road Commission spokeswoman Emily Kizer has also issued the following statement:

“We ask that drivers use caution anytime they see water over a road and to seek an alternate route if possible.”

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