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Feb. 20, 2018

Rain, warmer temps lead to flooding on campus

Warmer temperatures and strong rains are leading to flooding on MSU’s campus along the Red Cedar River, causing some road and parking lot closures.

The melting snow and ice pack and rains are pushing the Red Cedar River to rise about 5 feet with a predicted crest of about 9.5 feet Friday afternoon. If the prediction holds, it will be the seventh-largest recorded flood event in MSU’s history.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, and lasting through the week of Feb. 26-March 2, the following roads and parking lots will be closed:

  • Chestnut Road between Demonstration Hall Road and the Beal Street/Kalamazoo Street intersection (at the Sparty statue).
  • Red Cedar Road from the Chestnut Road intersection to the entrance to Central Services.
  • Northbound Red Cedar Road, north of Shaw Lane will also be closed to through traffic.
  • Lots 62W, 62E and 67, as well as the basement level of Parking Ramp #2, will be closed for the duration of flooding.
  • The Auditorium Road Loop will also be closed for the duration of flooding.

For updates, please visit a closure and detour map at

MSU’s Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities office is monitoring the situation and reviewing plans with MSU Police. Please check back here for updated information throughout the week.