Flood Cleanup Michigan

Near-Record Rainfall Causes Flooding Around Metro Detroit

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.

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