Rising Rivers Could Threaten Roads

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Crews spent the day clearing drains of tree roots. Apparently that's what's clogging them, leaving rainwater nowhere to go but up. That's what happened Wednesday morning sending water rolling off a Lansing golf course and onto Waverly Road.

"Places where our roads dip down and go across creeks or near ponds....low lying areas where our roads pass through and typically with heavy rains like this have water backed up over the road," said Bill Conklin, managing director of the Ingham County Road Commission.

Conklin says drivers should be careful, especially if the rain keeps up.

"If they see water over the road they would be best advised to slow down, if it's very thick and it appears to be moving they should turn around and take an alternate route," he said. "If it's deep and moving it could wash the car off the road."

The Road Commission will watch trouble areas and put up signs to alert drivers if necessary.

"We're a fairly low lying county like a lot of southern Michigan, so it's going to take a while to work its way out unlike a hilly or mountainous area where the water goes away almost immediately," Conklin said.

In the meantime many homeowners are taking the opportunity to waterproof their basements.


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