Heavy rains in East Lansing lead to potential flooding on campus

Ahead of continued heavy rains in East Lansing, Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning & Facilities (IPF) will barricade flood-prone areas on campus, according to an email notification sent to students.

The National Weather Service forecasts a possible rainfall of more than 4 inches in East Lansing from Tuesday evening through Thursday.

This may cause the Red Cedar River to reach a height of two and a half meters on Saturday and then gradually decline over the course of the next week. This level of coat of arms is not unusual; the river usually peaks during a spring thaw.

In the notification email, students are asked to ensure that the windows in offices and dormitories are closed, to report any water ingress into buildings on campus, to stay away from blocked roads and to be free for the next few days Take navigation around the campus.

The IPF notice warned students of possible flooding, and it probably won’t be the last.

Over the past 50 years, the average annual rainfall in most parts of the Midwest has increased by five to ten percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

An increase in precipitation, heavy rain and annual precipitation all contribute to an increased risk of flooding.

Flooding has increased over the past century, according to the Michigan Climate Action Network, and scientists predict these trends will continue.

MSU Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry Steve Hamilton said some long-term effects may already be in place.

“We are already bound to some climate change because we have failed to control our greenhouse gas emissions in the past, and those greenhouse gases will be in the atmosphere for a very long time,” said Hamilton. We can’t turn it off overnight. “

According to the climate protection network, very heavy rainfall in the Midwest causes 31 percent more rainfall than 50 years ago. More intense storm events have a negative impact on traffic, agriculture, human health and infrastructure.

“Rather than building things based solely on previous recordings of heavy rainfall … we need to think about the possibility of getting even heavier rainfall than we’ve ever seen and build drainage systems that can handle it,” said Hamilton .

Brad Kemper, a newcomer to human biology, said flooding was common in his hometown of Grosse Pointe. Kemper said it had happened five times in the past 10 years. Once, Kemper’s basement was flooded so badly that his family threw everything in their basement away.

Nia Coleman, who is a sophomore on business, said she remembers the storm worsening in her hometown last summer. She remembers that people couldn’t travel through the water because it was so high.

“The entire sidewalk was covered with water and the entire street was covered with water and no cars could drive through the water,” Coleman said.

Coleman and Kemper said the poor infrastructure is one of the reasons they believed the flood occurred.

“I have the feeling that people don’t want to invest money in the infrastructure. You don’t want to spend the time preventing things like that, ”said Kemper.

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