Residents Cautioned to Anticipate Flooding of the Kalamazoo River Beginning Thursday, May 17

Kalamazoo-area residents are cautioned to anticipate flooding of the Kalamazoo River, which is expected to crest at nine feet late on Thursday, May 17 or early on Friday, May 18.

Between four and five inches of rain has fallen in the Kalamazoo River Watershed area in the past approximately 96 hours. The river level will continue to rise as this rainfall makes its way through the watershed and into the river, despite no additional precipitation in the immediate forecast. Gauges upstream and modeling based on past similar rainfall events indicate a crest of 9 feet.

The pdf attached map (1.37 MB) estimates the area at risk for flooding based on the projected crest and the topography of the area. The National Weather Service forecast for the Kalamazoo River is available at

City officials expect overall impact to be significantly less than the flood event experienced in February of this year, when the river reached a historic level of 11.69 feet. Some road closures are expected including Vine Street near Upjohn Park, Crosstown Parkway near Sheridan, Dutton Street, and streets in the immediate vicinity of the Crosstown Ponds. Portage Road and the viaduct are expected to remain open.

Properties located in low-lying or flood prone areas may be impacted by flooding, including properties near the Crosstown Ponds, in the Ray Street/Ampersee Avenue area, and the Lakewood Neighborhood in Kalamazoo Township. City of Kalamazoo Public Services staff will make sand bags available at the parking lot of Washington Square Co-op Apartments (710 Collins Street) and at the Edison Neighborhood Association (816 Washington Avenue) at no-cost for community members. Owners and occupants of at-risk properties are encouraged to take precautions to minimize potential damage to their homes and property. Sand bags will be available beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

Local officials are encouraging community members to reach out to friends and family members who may be at risk to ensure they are aware of the potential for flooding. City officials will continue to monitor the Kalamazoo River and provide updates as needed. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid standing water and not to move or drive around barricades.

Kalamazoo Public Services Opens its Doors to Celebrate Public Service Week Starting May 21

The City of Kalamazoo's Public Services Department will open its doors May 21-24 to celebrate Public Services Week! Each night from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. our Public Services facilities will be open to the public and staff will share information and host discussions about the critical work they do in our City. The City's Public Services staff are responsible for maintaining our infrastructure (such as streets, buildings, water and waste water systems), planting and maintaining trees, snow removal, solid waste programs (leaves, bulk trash, brush, and street sweeping) water quality, waste water treatment, project planning/design, and much more. During Public Services Week community members can also view some of the equipment that is used for this work and tour facilities such as the Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant and the Central Water Pumping Station. 

Interested community members are requested to RSVP via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Complete details are available pdf here (76 KB)

Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors to Meet on May 23


The second annual meeting session of the Foundation for Excellence Board will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 1 to 5pm, in room 1055 of The Fetzer Conference Center, 2251 Business Ct, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, on the campus of Western Michigan University. This is a public meeting.

The meetings will discuss a wide range of materials including committee appointments, policies, and strategic alignment in 2019 and 2020. 


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