If you’re a resident in the greater Metro Detroit suburbs of Macomb and Oakland County, then you know that we have experienced near record rainfall totals throughout this past week. On Monday, August 11th, heavy rains poured down on the greater Metro Detroit area, leaving cars stranded, Interstates impassable, and basements flooded.
Our restoration firm has been working diligently to help business and homeowners alike remove the water from their basements, and begin the cleanup and restoration process from there. Each case of water damage is unique from the next, and it is a very involved process that must be performed meticulously to ensure that mold does not begin to grow. Our technicians are IICRC certified in Water Mitigation and have been working day in and day out to ensure that the water is properly removed from homes and businesses alike.
The excessive flooding also caused many properties to undergo a sewage backup, and that is categorized as Category III Water, which contains contaminants. Our first priority is removing all water from the basements and main levels of all properties, and after that comes the cleaning and rebuild process. This is a thorough process, and should be done with the help of professionals if you are not properly trained in the process of storm damage recovery and water mitigation.
Here are some photos of the current jobs that we have been undertaking after the historic flooding event that ravaged homes and businesses throughout the greater Metro Detroit area:
Remember, in the wake of a water damage disaster, call the professionals at Jarvis Property Restoration for help with water removal, structure drying, structure repairs, disinfection, and mold remediation!
Michigan residents living across the Detroit metropolitan area awoke to warnings Tuesday telling them to stay off the roads if possible. After more than 4.5 inches of rainfall fell in Detroit Monday, standing water was still present on interstates and surface streets. The National Weather Service said Tuesday morning that more rain is on the way but that only scattered showers were expected.
Detroit’s major interstate highways including I-94, I-696 and I-75 were all shut down at different times, sending travelers on many different detours during their morning commutes Tuesday. Raw sewage caused the closure of the northbound Lodge freeway at Cobo Center while workers were dealing with a mudslide at Grand River and northbound Southfield. Rescue workers were busy all night long rescuing people who were stranded in the vehicles and many of those efforts were still going on early Tuesday.
The rain that fell over metro Detroit Monday nearly broke an all-time record. A total of 4.57 inches came down which is just shy of the 4.74 inches that fell in July back in 1925. The city of Warren was especially affected by Monday’s rain as dozens of residents there spent the night in shelters. There were up to 500 people stuck in a Lowe’s parking lot due to flooding. Warren’s police department was even flooded with several feet of water in its basement.
Many areas of metro Detroit were ravaged by very serious flooding. While the 4.57 inches of rain that came down was recorded at Metro Airport, other communities around the area got up to six inches of rain, most of which fell after dinnertime Monday as the rush hour was well underway. Many metro Detroiters are facing weeks or even months of flood clean-up work which includes cleaning & drying basements as well as swamped vehicles.
Is is estimated that over 1,000 vehicles were abandoned across metropolitan Detroit following scores of high water rescues and evacuations. Some drivers decided to spend the night in their vehicles due to flooding that completely submerged a countless number of roads in the area. The pump infrastructures designed to keep roadways clear of water were simply overwhelmed by all the rain that fell, causing water to quickly pool up on freeways.
The threat for severe thunderstorms will remain typical for August this week, which means that there will definitely not be much action pertaining to severe weather going on. But, the threat for flash flooding will be in full effect.
In many areas of the United States, there will be a threat for scattered showers and thunderstorms and they will be throughout a couple of different areas of the country. Some of them, especially systems in the West, will dump enough rain to cause some localized flash flooding in the area.
There has been a lack of strong, large scale systems in the atmosphere recently and with that being said, the threat for large hail and tornadoes will be pretty low for the rest of the week. If there are any damaging winds that come along with this system, they will be mainly caused from the rain-cooled downbursts in the stronger thunderstorm systems.
Generally speaking, the severe weather threat will continue to remain below average for the beginning of the month. But, Tuesday has the potential to bring a couple of strong storms to some parts of the Central Plains. On Wednesday that risk will then shift into lower Missouri, lower Ohio, and the mid-Mississippi Valley. As for the Midwest, it looks like it may be the most unsettled part of the country when it comes to showers and thunderstorms. But at this time it isn’t clear that there will be a significant severe weather episode during that time. This means that you have to stay tuned to your local weather authority, as the system is always changing due to the conditions.
The atmosphere as of late has been unusually moist, especially in parts of the West, and this is even considering that it’s the new wet phase of the Monsoon. Because of this, it is possible that some localized flash flooding may occur, and even some thunderstorms. This could possibly mean that some areas may potentially pick up over three inches of rain, but that is only during the heaviest of thunderstorms.
This unusually moist air mass has since shifted north, as drier air has moved into southern California and a large portion of Arizona. As a result of this, storms with locally heavy rain will remain farther to the north throughout Wednesday. This will extend from northern California through Southern Idaho, into northern Nevada, northern Utah, and will then end at parts of Wyoming and Montana.
It is important to stay alert for the potential of dangerous landslides and rushing water in any areas that experience heavy rainfall and are located in steep and mountainous terrain. Vehicles can easily be swept away by moving water, and even the heaviest passenger vehicles can be swept away by no less than two feet of moving water. It only takes six inches of rushing water to knock the average person off of their feet! This means that you should not try to drive through flooded areas, and if you by chance do come across a flooded road, turn around and try to find an alternate route of travel.
On the East Coast, the threat of flooding in the eastern Carolina’s is dying down and diminishing quite quickly. Although, locally heavy rainfall may potentially affect parts of Florida through Tuesday. Stormy conditions in the Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday may also have the potential to bring on localized flash flooding as well.
Stay tuned to your local weather authority for updates on the weather in your specific area!