Lansing City Leaders Looking At Taking Action for Flood Victims

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Its been no secret that many homeowners in Lansing have been very frustrated when it comes to excessive flooding in the city. Lately the citizens have been very vocal about their concerns, and now city leaders are trying to react.

"I want the truth to come out," said flood victim Peter March.

March is one of the more than 360 homeowners that have filed complaints of flooding in Lansing. He says he's been waiting for the city to take action for too long.

"I've grown more and more suspicious that they know what the problem is. They are just not going to fix it."

Lansing's Public Service Committee has listened to March's complaints and many others. City Council President Carol Woods says they are trying to do something more.

"The council hasn't given up on them. We are still working to come to a solution," said Wood.

The problem is that Lansing has been replacing drainage pipes with smaller ones over the past decade. It's part of an ongoing project to reduce sewage flow into the Grand River. Homeowners complain that the sewage backups started after the pipes were replaced, but the city isn't taking full blame.

"The sewer system is not designed to carry every single solitary event that god and mother nature can throw at us," said Chad Gamble, Public Service Director.

Gamble says the city plans on replacing the pipes again, but that project is still in the planning stages. It will be at least five years before the city starts to replace the pipes. In the meantime, Wood is looking at getting the flood victims grant money or expanding the basement backup program to cover more people.

"We are still looking for answers and looking to come up with a resolution for it."

Wood says she hopes to have a solution for the flood victims by the end of this year.

We're told there may be a lawsuit filed against the city on behalf of the flooding victims in September. We'll keep you updated on the progress of the complaint.


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