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Flooded Red Cedar Blocks Many Okemos Streets

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Kevin Lavery
The Red Cedar River rises to just beneath the bottom deck of the Hamilton Street bridge in Okemos on Wednesday.

Much of the Lansing area is contending with floodwaters today.  The water is forcing street closures and threatening to inundate homes and yards. 


By Thursday, the Grand River in Lansing is expected to crest at its highest floodstage since 1985. 

The Red Cedar is running high as well, and on Wednesday, Meridian Township officials closed a number of streets. 

Natalie Shepard lives in the Indian Hills neighborhood in Okemos.  Her home isn’t flooded, but her street now looks like a lake.

“(We’re) just hoping the water goes down sooner than later so we can get back to our normal day-to-day business. (Lavery): “Can you even get out with your car right now?”  “Actually, no.  My husband went into work, he just left about a half hour ago, but he walked up the road and he had a co-worker come pick him up to go to work.”

The flood warning continues in mid-Michigan until 1 p.m. Thursday. 




Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
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