Heavy rains lead to area flood stage warnings

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Put away your waders, the rain is gone and won’t be back again until about Friday.

The rain that pummeled southeastern Michigan over the weekend has led to the National Weather Service issuing flood stage warnings for Inkster, Dearborn and Detroit.

“The flood stage is the stage of the river at which it can start to overflow its banks,” said meteorologist Steve Considine, working out of the White Lake Township office, on Monday morning. “The lower Rouge River in Inkster and Dearborn flood stage level is 10 feet and right now it’s at 10.3 inches and falling. It caused some flooding, but it was minor.”

The other flood stage warming is for the Rouge River in Detroit.

“The flood stage there is 15 feet. At 5 a.m. Monday, it was 16 feet and falling. It is expected to fall below flood stage some time this afternoon.”

According to Considine, the flooding mostly affected parking lots, the River Rouge Municipal Golf Course and a few homes.

It has also affected the Allen Park Police Department, which reported Monday morning that flooding had forced its detective bureau to move to an adjacent building, but otherwise the department was open.

While they didn’t set any records, the thunderstorms that drenched southeastern Michigan on Saturday and Sunday were still significant.

Some of the accumulations included: 4.3 inches in Southfield, 3.89 in Rochester Hills, 3.5 in Inkster, 3.3 near the Southfield/Detroit border, 2.33 at Metro Airport and 2.3 at the NWS station at White Lake Township.

The storms also dropped temperatures throughout the region.

“Over the weekend our high temperatures were struggling to get into the low 50s,” Considine said. “We had drier air coming across Lake Huron during the rain and that held the temperatures down both days. Monday will be much drier with mostly sunny skies, but it will still be cool.”

The high temperature for Monday is expected to be anywhere from 62 to 65 degrees. The norm for the first day of June is 75.

The low for Monday night will be from 45 to 50 degrees.

“Tuesday will be sunny with a high of 66 to 79,” Considine said. “The trend for the rest of the week is a steady warming trend, leading to about 80 degrees by the end of the week.”


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Extended forecast

Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 64.

Monday night: Mostly clear with a low of about 43.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 68.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear with a low near 49.

Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 71.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear with a low around 56.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 78.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 61.

Friday: A chance of thunderstorms with a high near 79.

Friday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.