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Lansing Begins Formal Flood Damage Assessment

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Jason Vlahos
The Grand River roars past the Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing's Old Town neighborhood.

The city of Lansing is assessing the damage wrought by this week’s flooding.  Officials are working with the state and federal government to bring resources to the community.



Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Rep. Mike Bishop (MI-08) toured parts of flood-ravaged metro Lansing, taking photographs and meeting with emergency officials. 


Preliminary estimates show up to 200 structures are damaged in the city, and possibly more than that in Lansing Township. 


“Even though the Grand River has crested, we are far from done with this,” says Lansing Emergency Management Chief Mike Tobin.  “We are going to have serious water levels; in some neighborhoods, it will be as short as a couple days...other ones could potentially be as long as a week plus.”


The city and the state of Michigan will now decide whether to ask for federal disaster relief. 


Rep. Bishop says he'll show FEMA his photos and advocate for help.



Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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