Metro Detroit received 2 inches of rainfall by Tuesday afternoon, making this year the third-wettest ever up to now. So far, 44.57 inches of rain have fallen in 2011. And, with still a full month of December to go, the all-time record of 47.69 inches of rainfall in 1880 could be broken this year. Just over 3 inches of rainfall is required to make this year the wettest one in record in metro Detroit.
The Southfield Freeway is reported to be flooded at many parts. Motorists that normally drive through the freeway may get stuck for long times because of flooding.
A section of the Southfield Freeway in Allen Park was shut down on Tuesday as the floodwaters from a nearby swollen Creek inundated the expressway. On Tuesday evening, expressway flooding caused major holdups for 109,000 motorists who travelled trough that section of the freeway.
The Southfield Freeway at Allen Park is closed for an indefinite period due to floodwaters. Alternate ways, such as Telegraph Road, are expected to be extra crowded today.
Several basements and roads were also reported to be flooded across the region. According to Rachel Kulik, meteorologist at National Weather Service, flood warnings are in effect in Macomb and Wayne counties until further notice is issued. Weather experts expect that most rivers in both the counties to crest by Wednesday morning.
Half an inch of snow is likely to fall early-morning Wednesday, with up to 2 or 3 inches expected by the rush hour in the northern counties of Oakland and Macomb.
High on Wednesday is expected to be between 36 to 38 degrees. Forecasters expect dry conditions for the remaining days of the week.
Metro Detroit residents struggled to keep themselves dry. Many residents across the area were seen battling swamped basements, inundated roads and flooded roadways as steady rainfall of about 2 inches fell all through Tuesday.
Dearborn Heights’ Department of Public Works was kept busy by the complaints of sporadic flooding. Flooded streets were barricaded in several areas of the city.
The Wayne County Lightfest, a yearly holiday event of light exhibit all along the Hines Drive, was canceled on the night of Tuesday due to flooding.
Dennis Niemiec, a Wayne County spokesperson, stated that the drainage system across the county is running at or above its maximum capacity.
Matt Mosteiko, a meteorologist at National Weather Service, flood warnings are in effect for the Clinton River and its North Branch in Macomb County and the Rouge River and its tributaries that run through the Wayne County.
No major flooding was reported from the Oakland County.
In the case of sewage backup in the locality of your home, the first step to take is to inform the concerned authorities who can immediately activate emergency restoration services. The toilets should not be used and water should not be poured down the drains.
There are several health hazards involved if one comes in contact with water from the sewerage. It is common knowledge that sewer water is heavily polluted with parasites, bacteria and viruses. If this water enters your home it can contaminate the flooring, furniture, walls, carpets and upholstery as well as anything else it soaks. This causes a severe risk to the health of the family. All surfaces touched by sewer water have the risk of mold growth if it is not dried and cleaned early. This can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions to people in the house.
Gas burners can be clogged and the control systems can be damaged with sewer water. The electrical supply can be affected and the mains should be immediately switched off in the case of a sewer backup. Electrical appliances can be damaged and there is a hazard of electrical shocks and these should be serviced by professionals after exposure to sewer water.
Once the sewer lines are restored, the house and the surroundings should be cleaned up and disinfected thoroughly. Most people would call for professional help but many would prefer to clean up by themselves. Here are a few tips on how to clean up your home after a sewer backup.
• It is necessary to wear protective clothing like coveralls, rubber boots, gloves and a face mask before attempting the cleaning up process.
• The second step is to gather all the cleaning equipment like buckets, mops, brooms, sponges, rags, gloves, detergents, disinfectants, trash bags, etc.
• The contents of the house which can be restored, like linen and clothes should be kept aside for washing with detergents, bleach and disinfectants.
• Items which cannot be restored should be kept aside to be discarded in the trash. Any food items which have come in contact with the sewer water should be discarded. Books, papers, carpets, rugs, soft toys, upholstered chairs, mattresses and medicines cannot be restored and should be thrown away as these can cause infection and bacteria to spread.
• One room should be tackled at a time.
• Two buckets should be used. One should contain the cleaning solution and the other to empty the dirty water into.
• Mops should be thoroughly rinsed after each application.
• The floor should be cleaned a few times over and over again, with disinfectants to completely eliminate contamination. They should first be cleaned with detergents.
• The windows and doors of the house and the doors of all closets and cabinets should be opened out to dry the interiors and remove mildew and humidity.
• A dehumidifier should be used.
• All surfaces in the house like the walls, tiles, furniture and counter tops should be cleaned thoroughly and dried.
It will take a few days for the house to be completely clean after restoration following a sewer backup and care should be taken to disinfect all surfaces.