EAST LANSING, Mich. — According to projected models from the National Weather Service and United States Geological Survey as well as survey stakes installed in the community, the Red Cedar River’s level has crested and is now dropping. Community members can view the river’s current and forecasted level at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=grr&gage=elnm4&refresh=true.
“It’s been heartening to see East Lansing neighbors coming together and watching out for their fellow neighbors during this weather event,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “I also would like to extend a thank you to our emergency personnel for their efforts to ensure the well-being of those who were impacted in our community and to our Department of Public Works employees for their efforts in monitoring flood levels, barricading streets, clearing catch basins and fielding phone calls from the community.”
Households impacted by the flooding are reminded that the East Lansing Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing no-fee bulk waste stickers and yellow City trash bags for household items that have been damaged by water (i.e. furniture, carpeting, etc.; no construction material please). From Feb. 23-March 2, residents impacted by the flooding can stop by DPW, 1800 E. State Road, during regular hours to fill out a form and pick up no-fee stickers and bags. Proof of residency will be required. Trash collection will take place on residents’ regular collection day and bulk item collection takes place on Mondays. Residents can find information on how to make a bulk item collection request here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/282/Bulk-Item-Collection/. For additional information on flood cleanup, residents can visit the Centers for Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.html.
PLEASE NOTE: While flood levels are dropping, motorists are advised that the Kalamazoo-US 127 ramp and Kalamazoo Street, between Marigold Avenue and Clippert Street, are still closed to traffic at this time.