For a few years now, as Martha Mello has walked down East Michigan Avenue five days a week to and from work, she hasn’t helped but notice the large steam volcano, as the Lansing Board of Water and Light calls it, coming out of the ground on the south side of the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, just past Troppo, a local restaurant. “I see it every day, so you kind of get accustomed to it,” said Mello, “but I certainly think we could do a better job with it.”
With its stacked rusty reddish-orange barrels surrounded by a small set of thin bars and a “Caution Hot” sign, it’s no wonder that both employees and visitors of Downtown can’t miss the towering steam volcano, not to mention the copious amounts of steam it releases. According to Stephen Serkaian, executive director of public affairs for the Lansing Board of Water and Light, the steam emerges from the volcano from a cogeneration plant in Reo Town, meaning it produces both steam energy and electricity. The steam goes through almost 10 miles of underground piping, serving around 185 businesses and a handful of residents in and around the Downtown area. Some of the businesses include General Motors and state office buildings.
By Kasey Worst
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer
OLD TOWN LANSING – As winter winds down and snow begins to melt, flooding along the Grand River may become an issue for Old Town. Potential to flood
Ronda Oberlin, emergency management specialist for the Lansing Office of Emergency Management, said the large amount of snow that built up over the winter makes the potential for a flood in the spring higher than it has been for quite a while. She also said the Grand River, which runs through Old Town, can flood very early in the spring. “We don’t know when the next melt is gonna happen,” Oberlin said. “And that’s when we’re gonna have problems–when the snow starts to melt. If it melts nice and slow than it won’t be as big of a problem as if it melts really quickly.”
Additionally, Oberlin said the City of Lansing cannot do much to prevent flooding.
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