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River levels dropping in Lansing area but flooding remains

February 24, 2018

The flood waters are receding but there still areas where the water is very high, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Lansing, Mich. (Robert Killips /Lansing State Journal via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — River levels in the Lansing area are dropping after flooding some neighborhoods and parts of Michigan State University.

The National Weather Service says the Grand River should drop to 11 feet by Monday after peaking at 14.6 feet Friday. The Red Cedar River, which flows through MSU, reached more than 10 feet Thursday but should fall to 7 feet by Monday night.

Michael Tobin, emergency management chief at the Lansing Fire Department, says some neighborhoods still could see days of high water.

In Grand Rapids, the Grand River could crest at roughly 21 feet Sunday, the second-highest level on record in the city. The Kent County health department is warning residents to avoid contact with the water because of possible contaminants.

Recreational use of the Grand River is prohibited in Grand Rapids.

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