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Several Township Roads and Parks Remain Closed Due to Flooding

Post Date:01/13/2020 11:18 AM

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UPDATE  1/16/2020: Okemos Road, between Central Park Drive and Gaylord C. Smith Court is now re-opened. 

UPDATE 1/15/2020: Tacoma Boulevard and Birchwood Drive are now re-opened. 

 

Several roads and parks are closed due to flooding throughout Meridian Township as a result from this past weekend’s severe weather. Township officials advise residents to seek alternate routes and take precaution near flooded areas. 

“Flooding continues to be a significant concern in Meridian Township and has caused some roadways to be temporarily closed to traffic. We will continue to work with our partners at Ingham County to mitigate its impact to our residents. When a road is closed because of flooding, we ask that drivers do not attempt to go around the signs and barricades. Not only is it a traffic violation, it can also unnecessarily place you and our emergency personnel at risk if a vehicle becomes disabled and necessitates a rescue,” said Deputy Township Manager, Derek N. Perry. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Advanced Hydrologic Prediction graph, it appears the Red Cedar River has reached its high point and will begin to slowly recede over the next week. 

Roads remain closed in Meridian Township due to flooding:

  • Okemos Road, Central Park Drive to Gaylord C. Smith Court - OPEN

  • Nakoma Drive, Huron Hills Drive to Hamilton Road

  • Hillcrest Drive, Okemos Road to Seminole Drive

  • Hickory Island Drive, loop off Lake Drive

  • Tacoma Boulevard (which turns into Birchwood Drive, West of Redwing Drive) from Penobscot Drive to Redwing Drive - OPEN

Parks closed in Meridian Township due to flooding:

  • Ferguson Park

  • Legg Park

  • Wonch Park

  • Indian Hills Park

  • Ottawa HIlls Park

Residents are also advised to avoid trails near the river.

Several Roads and Parks in Meridian Township Closed Due to Flooding Press Release

Additional Information & Safety Tips:  

Water over road and other county road concerns may be reported to Ingham County Road Department (ICRD) at 517.676.9722, which will be dispatched to on-call ICRD staff by ICRD’s 24 hour answering service, for any water further water over the road or other hazardous conditions that present which are not yet signed, closed or otherwise addressed.  Any concerns on state (numbered) routes and city streets should be reported to those respective road agencies as ICRD does not maintain state and city roads. 

Flood Safety Tips from the Michigan State Police:
-Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
-Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
-Do not try to take short cuts, they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
-Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

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