There are three rivers that can cause flooding in Lansing: the Grand River, the Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek. Riverine flooding can also happen on the Reynolds Drain in North Lansing, and Pawlowski Creek (also called the Mud Lake Drain) in South Lansing.
Here are a few quick facts about flooding in the Lansing area:
9% of the city is in the floodplain, including 1200 homes and more than 200 businesses. But heavy rains and melting snow can cause flooding anywhere in the city.
Only 1 in 4 people in the floodplain have flood insurance. The next major flood is expected to cause more than $270 million dollars in uninsured damages.
Floods are like snowstorms. There will always be another one, it is just a question of when it will happen and how bad it will be.
For more information on your flood risk, call the Emergency Management Office at 517-483-4110.