Spring could mean floods for Old Town

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.