Officials Keep A Close Eye On Flooding

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Front lawns looked more like wishing wells Sunday morning, after around two inches of weekend rainfall left some pockets of mid-Michigan under water.

"We have our eyes open, we're watching all of our systems, " said Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann.

Lindemann says the frozen ground creates more room for water run-off this time of year.

"The ground still has a frost in it, so even lawns run the rain off just as if they were parking lots," Lindemann said.

That can magnify a minor rainfall into a major foundation for flooding.

"One inch of rain in this kind of condition in the early spring can act like four inches of rain in the summer, there are some backyard isolated flooding problems that we're trying to address and we'll be installing backyard drains to get it out on the street," Lindemann said.

While the Commissioner says the storm drains have been able to handle the weekend rain so far if it continues he says it could pose some problems.

"If this keeps up for a day or two and just comes down like it's doing, probably by Tuesday we'll have some issues that we're going to have to deal with," Lindemann said.

But, Lindemann says one of the preventable problems they face is debris trapping storm drains, creating back up out on to the streets.

"The biggest problem that we seem to face is people allow stuff to get on top of the catch basins or the drains, and that plugs them up and then we have to send crews out to unplug them," Lindemann said.


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  • by strawberry Location: Lansing on Mar 8, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    This problem with the drains clogging is on-going. we have neighbors who don't have a problem blowing their grass/leaves in the street and when we get this type of rain, it becomes a PROBLEM. thankfully, myself and a few other neighbors try to keep the storm drains clean. perhaps more neighbors in other areas could help solve the issue instead of being the source of the problem or choosing to ignore it and expect the city to send a truck everytime when we don't have the resources.
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