Less snow + more rain = high river

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids announced a flood advisory March 23 affecting Clinton County and the city of DeWitt until March 28, as more rain is forecast for the coming days. That means people shouldn’t expect the Looking Glass River’s water level in DeWitt to go down any time soon. As some citizens may have known, last week the Looking Glass River flooded into some of the local parks such as the Riverside Park and the Looking Glass Riverside Park in DeWitt Township. During this time of year when the precipitation is changing from the dreaded snow to the more rainfall. “The water level is about the same in the river and the parks.

City Council approves drainage improvement project

Connor Clark
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

The environmentally-friendly City of DeWitt, with its extensive parks, trees, and development along the Looking Glass River, now faces an environmental issue of excess flooding. DeWitt’s City Council unanimously approved a street drainage improvement that will replace old inefficient equipment and introduce new pipes and ditches that will help reduce flooding. Per DeWitt City Administrator Dan Coss the drainage improvement project is hoping to begin as soon as next week. There is currently no project end date. The project with be done by Youngstrom Contracting and the amount of the project cannot exceed $50,988.00.

Drain project may mean dry days ahead for flood-prone parts of Holt

By Ashley Gibbard
Holt Journal staff reporter

Holt residents Bill and Linda Evans were tired of their basement flooding every time there was a storm. “Every time it would storm it would cost us at least $500 to have water removed from our basement,” Bill Evans said. “Plus we would have to replace anything that the water ruined.”

Those days may be in the past. In the spring of 2015, Delhi Township completed the Green #4 Consolidated Drain Project, a project three years in the making according to Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis. “This project started the day I took office,” Davis said.

Snowfall impacts community services in Old Town

By Sumaira Hai 
Old Town Reporter
Old Town Lansing Times 
LANSING – Recent winter snowstorms have had an economic and social effect on the Old Town community. The “polar vortex” of 2014, which brought over an estimated ten inches of snow to various parts of Michigan, took a toll on community services such as the Greater Lansing Food Bank  and the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition>
Joe Wald, executive director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, said food supplies are down at all seven of the food banks in the area, including the one in Old Town, “The food bank has become the safety net to get nutritious food to those in need across our community,” he said. “Need increased,” Wald said. “In fact, we distributed 10% more food in 2014 than in 2013.”
Snow has caused numerous problems. GLFB had to close its operation during the snowstorm in early February. “We cannot pick up and delivery food if our trucks cannot run…our employees cannot make it to the warehouse…so we try to coordinate with our pantry network,” Wald said.

Emergency officials brace for floods when snow and warmth converge

Capital News Service
LANSING — State and local officials in Michigan are bracing for spring floods after record-breaking snowfalls in some areas. “Normally there would be around a 20 percent chance of Michigan communities reaching flood level this time of year, but the chances this year are as high as 90 percent especially in southwest Michigan,” said Mark Sekelsky, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Grand Rapids office. The risks are high: A 50 percent to 90 percent chance of flooding in statewide this year, according to the National Weather Service. “There has been a large snowfall and a greater snowpack than usual further into the year so the risk of flood is greater,” said Ron Leix, public information officer for the Michigan State Police. There has been roughly 2 to 6 inches of water in snowpack, an amount that we might reach every 25 to 30 years, Sekelsky said.