State Prepares for Worst as Gov. Warns of Flooding Risk, Wild Weather

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"A lot of this is just being smart about these situations, we're being proactive, it's relentless positive action on weather."

-- Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to get out ahead of the impending wild weather forecast for Michigan.

He held a press conference Wednesday afternoon with officials from both the Michigan Department of Transportation, MDOT, and the Michigan State Police, warning about the potential risk for flooding followed by high winds and freezing temperatures.

"We're just trying to stop on top of things," he said during the press conference.

"A lot of this is just being smart about these situations, we're being proactive, it's relentless positive action on weather."

Restlessly positive or not, action is happening nonetheless, with MDOT Director Kirk Steudle telling reporters their equipment, from chainsaws to trucks, is ready to go in the event of an emergency situation.

Stuedle added MDOT is also currently checking drains and clearing catch basins along roads and highways, but it's also asking for help from the public too.

"I would ask everyone think about the community they're living in and think about your subdivision and neighborhood," he said. "Is there a drain in front of your house... if you're able maybe you could clean it off to help that water move away."

The potential for flooding is a real concern in neighborhoods like Lansing's Colonial Village, which is just one of several areas across the region that has seen it's fair share of flooding in the past.

"Already I have about a foot of water coming up my driveway just from the snow melt," said Judy Smith who lives in Colonial Village.

Smith said her basement flooded last summer after heavy rains and she's hoping she can avoid a repeat this time around.

"But there's nothing you can do about the weatherman I've found out, and while the snow has been beautiful with this heavy rain coming and warmer temperatures I was concerned," Smith said.

The governor also urged residents to check their sump pumps and to check on any neighbors who might need assistance.

Snyder also added the Michigan DNR and the Department of Environmental Quality were working with the U.S. Coast Guard to monitor river levels and coordinate with dam owners in the event of flooding.

"It's been a tough year and there's still more to come," he said.

For more information on preparing for potential flooding and other emergencies, Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security have set up a website at Michigan.gov/emhsd.


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