The Flood

Although flooding has been ongoing for several years, a storm occurred on July 27-29 in 2011 that exposed the system-wide flooding problems.

Backyards, homes and businesses all experienced flooding issues in the Holt area in late July of 2011 due to heavy rains.

Backyards, homes, and businesses all experienced flooding issues in the Holt area in late July of 2011 due to heavy rains.

Large thunderstorms dumped thousands of gallons of rainwater on the area during those three days. According to a report by the National Weather Service, some locations in Eaton and Ingham Counties received between six and ten inches of rain. Roadways and intersections flooded across the area. According to Randy Abbott, the Maintenance Supervisor for the Ingham County Drain Commissioner, flood waters within the Holt Shopping Center parking lot were “halfway up car doors.” Several landowners also informed the Ingham County Drain Commissioner’s staff that their basements had flooded, causing property damage.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings and river flood advisories for the area because of the amount of rain expected to fall within those three days. The Sycamore Creek, which normally averages a depth of four feet, reached its flood stage of eight feet on July 28. On July 29, it crested to just below nine feet  and didn’t fall back below flood stage until July 31.

This map shows the area at the intersection of Holt and Aurelius road's where flooding occurred in late July of 2011.

This map shows the area at the intersection of Holt and Aurelius Roads where flooding occurred in late July of 2011.

The flooding that occurred on July 27-29 is shown in the pictures below for the Holt-Aurelius Roads intersection and the neighborhood northwest of the Holt-Aurelius Roads intersection.