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Lansing Area Roads Flood, Risking Car Accidents and Damage

Last week, heavy rains swept through the Lansing area, putting many of mid-Michigan’s busiest roads under water. Any time flood waters rise it puts drivers at risk of vehicle damage and accidents.

On Monday, August 10, the Lansing area faced nearly 3 inches of rain over the course of the lunch hour. The downpour left streets and parking lots in Ingham and Eaton county underwater. The flood advisory continued until well into the night and another inch of water was expected over the course of the afternoon.

The rain was one day early for the anniversary of the 2014 flood in Southeast Michigan. On August 11, 2014, Michigan residents from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties faced record breaking rainfall and feet of water that closed roads and left cars stranded.

According to the Lansing State Journal:

Theresa O’Dell, executive assistant to Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich. . . said the water is starting to recede on roadways that have flooded but motorists are being asked to stay out of those areas. “Some cars are still stuck,” she said. “We’re asking people to stay off those roads.”

The flooded roads included:

  • Northbound and Southbound US-127 at M-43 (Grand River Ave) is closed due to flooding.
  • Vehicles are stuck in the flood waters at Shiawassee and Grand Avenues in downtown Lansing.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue is flooded near Potter Park Zoo.
  • Eaton County 911 is asking drivers to avoid Saginaw/Canal/Michigan area in Delta Township due to high water.
  • Ingham County 911 says to avoid 3000 Block of Main St near Dispatch Pub due to a large amount of water over roadway.

Damage caused by flood water is included in Michigan motorists’ comprehensive coverage. Drivers are not required to maintain comprehensive insurance, but most of the state’s auto insurance providers recommend it, and many auto lenders require it.

The bigger risk when heavy rains flood roadways is that drivers will try to power through the standing water. National Weather Service officials warn that even a foot of water can be enough to sweep a car away. As officials said in their advisory:

“Turn around, don’t drown.”

When there is water over the road, don’t take a chance that your car could be damaged or that you could get washed away. Turn around and find another route home. Whenever possible, stay off the road.

David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team represent the victims of auto accidents resulting from flooding. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a flooding accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.