Rain too much for Lansing’s drain system to handle

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It went down in history as the sixth wettest day for the city of Lansing.

Monday’s rain overwhelmed the city’s storm sewer system.

As Christa Lamendola found out, one of the biggest causes of flooding was simply debris stuck in the drains

“It was pretty amazing what Mother Nature did yesterday this was the wettest singular day in August in the city’s history,” said

Record breaking rainfall turned roads into rivers, swallowing cars in a matter of minutes.

With nearly three inches of rain in an hour, nature proved to be too much for Lansing’s’ drain system to handle.

“It maxed out the meter at the wastewater treatment plant and we did get approximately 34 calls of water in basement ,” said Chad Gamble, public service director, City of Lansing.

The majority of backups in the basements were water, not sewage. City employees have been out looking at every call and are also checking for damage that could possibly cause sinkholes, but so far say the biggest culprit was debris blocking drains.

It would cost millions of dollars to rebuild a sewer system to handle the intense rainfall like Monday, but public service director Chad Gamble says they’ve been working on low cost ways to help handle flooding, such as rain gardens.

Gamble also says keeping an eye on debris near your drain is a good way to prevent future flooding, and can easily be cleaned with a rake or by a city employee.

He added rain barrels or even bio swells can help soften the blow of flooding if Mother Nature decides to act up again.

If you feel flooding in your area or home was because of negligence from the city or an ongoing problem, not just the rainfall, Gamble says you can file a claim with the city of Lansing.

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