Michigan’s Flooding

Floods is one the dangerous hazards that the world can have. Flooding cannot just cause areas to be filled with water but the danger from it can cause structural, electrical and other hazards. Flooding can be cause by severe natural hazards like hurricanes. Michigan late winter and spring floods are by far the most. One of the places where there are no hurricanes but severe snow storms, blizzards that do not cause flooding till after the happening. “More than 90 percent of the annual peak discharge of the Red Cedar River at East Lansing. The Muskegon River at Evart and the Sturgeon River near Saginaw have occurred from December 1 through June 1.”  Here in Michigan flooding and drought is caused mostly of snow. Runoff is increased by the melting of the snow and frozen soils. Some flood stages are also common by the increase of “backwater from icejams, as river’s ice accumulates where it is unable bends or past obstacles. Flooding always gives more than just water, it causes places change. In Michigan flooding causes for roads to erode and walkways. People lose their homes and farms due to these floodwaters.

Like stated in the article “Michigan Flood Fact” As “fast melting snow combined with severe storms and heavy rainfall has the potential to cause extensive flooding in spring…” People in Michigan often live behind levees or dams that obviously concern then when it talks about flooding. “Coastal flooding can also affect more than 4.8 million residents that live along 3,200miles of the freshwater coastline in Michigan.” Those owners need to be aware of these risks; especially in the spring when snow stops to fall they need to be prepared financially in case a flood occurs. In the past 10 years, Michigan experienced four declared disasters. In May and June of 2008 after months of heavy precipitation, a number of rivers overflowed their banks in the Midwest and coastal flooding hit communities on Lake Lansing. “The storm and flooding damage resulted in the distribution of more than $15.4 million in public assistance.”

Reyes Gonzalez




4 responses

  1. This was interesting to read. I never knew how big of an effect floods have on people and the area they occur. I live right off the Grand river and every year it floods in a certain places. Houses get damaged every year and also my favorite golf course. When it comes to mother nature I think its very hard to eliminate all of the hazards but I think we need to have more levies and also I think the best mitigation strategies is good urban planning, no putting certain things such as homes and buildings in flood zones. I think we need to be more cautious around flood plains in order to minimize affects.

    Adam Kogelschatz

  2. This is interesting because I thought that flood is only caused by severe rainfall instead of accumulated snow during the winter. As you mentioned Michigan has much snow during long winter period and it melts at spring for few week. It makes sense to me. To prevent flooding snow, people should prepare flooding through using planning river area structure such as river bank, etc. In addition, state government should inform people who live near river about flood by snow melting

    Kwang Heo (A43035624)

  3. I did a similar article about the great lakes effecting other states due to the massive waves it has… this definitely was a good read as well!

    – Dino Vidovic

  4. I had no idea there were floods in Michigan at all. Kind of weird! But what can we really even do as far as prevention and/or helping out with the aftermath? Not everyone is going to have a lot of money. I guess if more people were aware that this is actually common then maybe there would be less building of homes in flood-prone areas which would help save families a lot of pain and money.

    Kary Askew

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