EAST LANSING, Mich. — City of East Lansing officials are continuing to closely monitor the winter storm as it moves through the mid-Michigan region overnight.
While City officials have decided that an emergency weather declaration will not be made tonight, community members are still strongly encouraged to stay off the roads unless travel is necessary. If travel is necessary, motorists should exercise extreme caution and drive for the conditions. East Lansing Department of Public Works (DPW) crews will be continuing to work through the evening and night to clear major roads of snow, sleet and ice.
At this time, the East Lansing Hannah Community Center and East Lansing Public Library are expected to be open to the public during regular hours tomorrow. If that changes, an update will be sent. Community members should also note that overnight parking requests for tonight (Saturday, Jan. 11) have been suspended due to the ongoing inclement weather.
“We would like to thank our DPW crews and first responders for the long hours they have worked during this ongoing weather event to keep the East Lansing community safe,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.
Community members are strongly encouraged to sign up for Nixle emergency alert updates from the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or by texting their zip code to 888777. In the event of a power outage, Nixle provides a means for residents to receive real-time text and email updates from ELPD on their phones.
With ice and heavy winds in the forecast, there is the potential for power outages. Power outages and downed power lines should be reported to the Lansing Board of Water & Light at 877-295-5001 or Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050. Both utility companies also have outage centers:
Resident are encouraged to call 911 if a downed power line is causing a public safety hazard (i.e. down in a street/sidewalk).
Downed Trees and Basement Flooding
There have been a few reports of downed trees in East Lansing. With that in mind, community members should avoid parking under or near trees overnight if possible. Residents can call the ELPD’s 24/7 non-emergency phone number to report downed trees in the roadway and basement flooding: (517) 351-4220.