Road Closed

Island Park, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Island Park, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Historic flooding in mid-Michigan last week, June 23. Central Michigan University closed for a day, and CM-Life has reported the costs of the damage is expected to be between $7-10 million. Most of the flooding on campus affected basements, but the flood damaged some first floors as well. The buildings with reported damage include: Student Activity Center, Rowe Hall, Calkins Hall, Foust Hall, Dow Science Complex and Theunissen Stadium.

Nearby towns and rural areas also experienced flooding, closing many streets, and drawing comparisons to past floods. Midland, Michigan experienced the second worst recorded flood -- and this just about a year after the 30th Anniversary of the Great Flood of 1986. Like the last major flood, people were out in kayaks and canoes checking damages and aiding others. The year of the Great Flood the state experienced damage from Muskegon to Bay City with 14 dams breaking and over $500 million (which would be about $1.1 billion today) in crop and property damages. We won't know for awhile yet what the damages will cost mid-Michigan. MLive featured photos from the 1986 flood for the anniversary.

So, this week we are cleaning up, putting things back together, and contemplating the historic nature of weather events. Stay dry, friends.