Michigan Cities Dealing With Flooding, Meanwhile More Rain is on the Way
Careful what you wish for.
That is so true. Just last week we were hopeful we might see some rain to help out with the dry conditions, well we got that and more. Heavy rainfall has flooded streets, highways, yards, and basements. Flooded stretches of highway in Detroit were littered with abandoned vehicles that got caught in the water. Quite the mess.
This is a list from the Detroit Free Press of Michigan cities that received the most rain, and the majority are in the Detroit area.
Detroit: 5 inches
Ann Arbor: 5.2 inches
Grosse Pointe: 6.5 inches
Garden City: 6.6 inches
Governor Whitmer has even declared a state of emergency for Wayne County after heavier than expected rainfall and flooding.
I-94 from east Dearborn to the east of I-75 was still flooded as of yesterday afternoon. The Detroit Free Press reports Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for MDOT, said: "until the rivers have crested there is nowhere for the water to go.
After the weekend storms, Mid Michigan was also dealing with flooding, and one of the first areas to flood is Pennsylvania Avenue at Potter Park Zoo. The rain was coming down so fast on Saturday that it had nowhere to go. The ground was already saturated from previous rainfall so that turned yards like mine into a lakefront property. Other homes, like my brothers in Owosso, were dealing with flooded basements.
Detroit area freeways took a hit over the weekend. Flooding on I-94 in low areas caught many drivers by surprise. Some vehicles were still stranded as of yesterday afternoon.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services had to warn folks to stay out of the water. I have to admit I thought that was a bit ridiculous, I mean who in their right mind would swim in that filthy water. but they proved me wrong. Photos were released showing a bunch of yah-whos, in swimsuits, with their inflatables splashing around like it was a day at Lake Michigan. Seriously, that is so disgusting.
With more rain on the way this week, it's a good time to make sure your sump pump is in good shape, and remember if you see a road that is covered in water, turn around don't try and drive through it. The water is always deeper than it looks.