Flood waters recede in Metro Detroit after heavy rain

The Detroit News

Water on roads and streets were receding after pounding rain in areas produced flooding in some communities and small streams in parts of Oakland and Macomb counties Monday night.

A National Weather Service warning that had been set to expire at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, was extended to 11:30 a.m. as the rains saturated some areas.

Weather for Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Sara Pampreen, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Tuesday morning the warning was extended because there was some flooding in the area as rain continued into Tuesday morning.

Parts of Macomb and eastern Oakland counties saw rain totals Monday night of 3 to 6 inches. Rainfall totals included 5.88 inches in Troy and 3.32 inches in Utica.

Oakland and Macomb counties were the hardest hit by the rainfall, said Pampreen. Places like Metro Airport in Wayne County "only saw a trace," she said.

In Macomb County, both directions of M-59 at Mound and westbound M-59 at Hall in Utica closed Monday due to flooding. Cars were reported stranded on the road.

The road reopened Tuesday morning, but others were affected. For example, Groesbeck Highway was closed between 14 Mile in Fraser and 15 Mile in Clinton Township due to flooding.

Macomb County officials said the intersections of northbound Schoenherr and Metro Pkwy and southbound Schoenherr and Plumbrook also closed because of flooding.

Neighborhood street flooding also was reported in areas east and south of Square Lake and John R roads in Oakland County.

The heavy rain also hit Lenawee and Monroe counties, the weather service said Monday night.

Rainfall totals there included 1.17 inches in Lenawee and 1.3 inches in Tecumseh.