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Mid-Michigan May See Flooding As Snow Melts

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(WLNS) - As the rain settles into Michigan, the state's Emergency Management and Homeland Security division wants to remind you to be prepared in case of flooding.

This year the division says the great lakes state is at a higher risk of flooding because of all the snow we've had.

"Basically we've been in monitoring mode 24/7 for the past couple weeks," said First Lt. Michael Johnson, MSP Emergency Management Homeland Security.

The state's Emergency Management and Homeland Security division says recent reports with national weather service show Michigan is four times more likely to flood this year than normal.

"Just about statewide there's more snow everywhere so obviously that increases that percentage a little bit just because there's that much snow," said Johnson.

But Lieutenant Michael Johnson says it's just a risk and doesn't mean Michigan will see significant flooding.

One of the hardest hit areas in terms of flooding across Mid-Michigan is in Meridian Township and Ferguson Park.

That park does always flood, most of the flooding is really caused by the Red Cedar River not being able to carry the water away.

"Then that reduces the storage capacity for the flood in the Red Cedar River, so then when the water is coming from up stream, since it can't store there, it's going to cause the flood plain to be higher upstream," said Raymond Severy, Dir. Public Works/Engineering, Meridian Twp.

Severy says drivers should be prepared to see Okemos Road shut down if mother nature brings heavy rain this spring.

But Public Works Director Raymond Severy says unfortunately the township is limited by FEMA permits and the possibility of damaging area homes.

With rain falling and snow melting parking lots and fields are looking more and more like ponds and swimming pools.

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