Vehicles stranded on I-696 exit at Mound Rd. Tuesday. (Detroit News / David Coates)
Warren — Severe flooding due to Monday’s massive thunderstorms has caused the city of Warren on Tuesday to declare a state of emergency.
Warren Mayor James Fouts made the declaration at about 12:30 p.m., citing a number of serious situations, including the death of a woman who suffered a seizure while stranded in her vehicle.
“Warren sustained severe flood damage. Most roads were closed and the rescue of about 400 people was made by boat,” Fouts said in a statement. “Police, fire, water and dispatch were overwhelmed. The Police Department and Court have six feet of water in the basement. The fire department reports 16 electrical fires in the city and thousands of residents are experiencing seriously flooded basements.”
Additionally, more than 2,000 homes and businesses remain without power and the Clinton River is approaching flood state.
Warren isn’t the only Macomb County city that has suffered from the storms that drenched the metro area on Monday.
The cities of St. Clair Shores and Sterling Heights reported flooding in the basements of their police departments plus the Sterling Heights Fire Department had to use boats to evacuate 10 persons in the area of Hayes and Utica roads due to flooded homes.
The County Meals on Wheels program has been suspended for Tuesday and the County WIC program in Center Line has been canceled. Clients will either be rescheduled or directed to another WIC location within the county.
The GM Tech Center is reporting a possible gas/oil spill on its property either due to stranded vehicles and/or overflow from Bear Creek/Red Run Drain.
Additionally Tuesday classes at Macomb Community College have been canceled