Wednesday, December 6, 2023

April showers, storms bring a flooded MSU campus

MSU experienced its first spring storm of the year on April 5, 2023. The Red Cedar River flooded throughout campus, causing closed sidewalks and parking lots. Students rushed between classes to avoid the showers.

Spring has arrived in East Lansing, and with it, spring thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service, or NWS, issued a thunderstorm warning and tornado watch Wednesday morning to add on to its weeklong flood warning for Ingham County and surrounding areas. The warnings came with a possibility of damaging wind gusts and large hail.

A tornado watch sign hangs in the library entrance on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 during a period of heavy rains and extreme weather.

Several lots and campus infrastructure were closed due to the flooding of the Red Cedar River. NWS advised residents to be careful on roadways and turnaround when encountering flooded roads.

Michigan State University still held classes during the storm, creating many rain-soaked Spartans as they darted between buildings to their classes.

History senior Max Papenfuss holds the door for another student as he enters Wells Hall on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
A student walks through campus with an umbrella as rain picks up on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

Others stayed home and watched the rain rise in their parking lots, backyards and streets.

The IM West parking lot fills with water on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, during a period of heavy rains.

The river rose to right beneath the banks, flooding the surrounding nature as the rain continued to pour.

The river overflows after a heavy rainfall on campus on April 5, 2023.
Flooding around the Red Cedar River continues on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 during a period of heavy rains.

Finally, the thunder ceased and the rain slowed, leaving a damp Michigan State campus in its wake. 

The tornado watch was lifted at 1:22 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Michigan State Police and Public Safety's Twitter. The flood warning will stay active through Friday.

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