2 weeks after flooding, more rain in forecast next week

Kalea Hall
The Detroit News
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Metro Detroiters shaken by recent flooding will see more rain and storms next week, though extreme rainfall is unlikely, the National Weather Service said.

A seven-day forecast shows the potential for thunderstorms through Friday, some bringing heavy rainfall.

A motorist navigates through flood waters covering Fairholme Road in Grosse Pointe Woods, caused by heavy downpours at the end of June.

There's also the potential for severe weather, said Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist at the weather service in White Lake Township.

"Just something to be aware of and keep up to date with the forecast," he said.

The forecast follows rounds of rainy weather that led to flooding late last month, shuttering freeways, including parts of Interstate 94 that only recently reopened; flooding basements; and closing businesses. Parts of Metro Detroit received as much as 7 inches of rain in 12 hours between the night of June 25 through June 25. The amount of rainfall overwhelmed southeast Michigan's water system infrastructure.

Arnold said communities are unlikely to see similar weather next week, even with storms predicted.

"There's always a slight chance whenever there's a lot of moisture and we can get some storms ... that could lead to some minor flooding issues ...," he said.

"... We're still not anticipating quite as much as we saw last time," he said.

Sam Abbas, owner of Brome Modern Eatery and the Great Commoner in Dearborn, had to close both restaurants for a day when the rain started June 25 and continued into the next day.

"We started getting rain coming through the doors, coming up in the basement," he said. "Luckily, there wasn't too much damage, nothing that we couldn't recover from but it definitely took us time to get back on our feet and also the to get employees back into work."

He's not as nervous about the expected round of rain, he said.

"... And the reason why I say that (is) I feel like all the cities are on high alert," he said. " ... Everybody is ready to go if we get hit again. I hope that that's not the case, but I feel like we wouldn't be blindsided like we were this most recent experience."

The damage from the floods remains for some. During Fourth of July weekend, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dearborn formed a command center to help coordinate volunteers to help clean up homes in southeast Michigan.

The church's cleanup website had about 2,000 requests for help, and the group closed out about 1,000 of those cases, said Daniel Heaton, a church member and coordinator of the effort. 

Heaton said people still are in need, especially senior citizens who don't have anyone to help them. The church's efforts have stopped but it plans to continue providing mold remediation kits.

"It's going to be a challenge," he said. 

A truck is hoisted from Interstate 75 and Canfield Street as heavy rain flooded streets in Metro Detroit on June 26.

Less than 0.38 of an inch of rail fell Sunday, although there initially was an excessive rainfall outlook, the NWS' Arnold said. Heavy wind gusts led to a lakeshore flood advisory through 4 a.m. Monday in Wayne and Monroe counties.

"The threat is not really quite as bad as what could have been," Arnold said. "The rainfall didn't play out quite so heavy ... and it's actually starting to fade away."


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