Flood of April 1975 at East Lansing, Michigan

Open-File Report 75-299
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On April 18 between 5 p.m. and 12 p.m. the city of East Lansing experienced an intense rainstorm that caused the Red Cedar River to overflow its banks, resulting in the most devastating flood since 1904.  During the period of flooding the U.S. Geological Survey obtained aerial photography of the East Lansing area to document the disaster.  The photography has been used to show the extent of flooding on a photomosaic base map.  Data on streamflow, collected at the station on the Michigan State University campus, are given.  Suspended sediment data collected at the gaging station have been used to estimate sediment transport during the period of the flood.  Information on the magnitude of the flood is useful in make decisions regarding the use of flood plains in the area.  The report is one of a series of reports on the April 1975 flood in the Lansing metropolitan area.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flood of April 1975 at East Lansing, Michigan
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 75-299
DOI 10.3133/ofr75299
Year Published 1975
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Michigan Water Science Center
Description 48.19 x 38.51 inches
Country United States
State Michigan
City East Lansing
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