Thunderstorms leave Metro Detroit waterlogged

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit continued to get pounded by more rain Saturday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for four counties that was rescinded by the mid afternoon.

Motorist splash through flooded lanes along Linwood and W. Davidson in Detroit on Saturday.

With all the rainfall, state and local officials were eying the freeways and rivers for rising waters. But by 3:30 p.m. the weather service called off the advisory. The weather forecast calls for scattered showers for the next few days as temperatures begin to rise to nearly 80 degrees by Monday.

Rain and thunderstorms in the area have already accumulated between 1.0 to 2.5 inches overnight.

The flood advisory was for the southern parts of Oakland and Livingston counties as well as for Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Alex Manion, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said on Saturday the advisory in those counties is “for minor flooding concerns on roadways and subdivision roads.”

“We have reports of curb-to-curb flooding that didn’t look impassable but certainly could be problematic for faster-moving cars,” Manion said.

There is a flood advisory warning for the Rouge River in the Southfield area for minor flooding. “We’re not expecting any major cresting with that,” he said.

A green and flag pole on the Beech Woods Golf Course at the Rouge River was under flood water on Saturday afternoon behind the Riverstone Apartments complex near Beech and Shiawassee Roads.

The river, he said, is at 13.33 feet with flood stage starting at 12 feet. Manion said the weather service expects it to crest at 13.9 feet by this afternoon “which will keep it in the minor flood stage and then it will be on the downward trend.”

The portion of the Rouge River in Detroit is in “action stage,” Manion said, which means it’s approaching flood stage at 13 feet. It is supposed to crest at 15.5 feet, with minor flooding at 15 feet, he said.

On area freeways, Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw said there have been a few areas that have flooded but “so far nothing serious.”

“There are no fatal crashes overnight, nothing like that,” he said. “It’s probably more just the usual suspects. We usually get flooding on M-39 in Michigan, I-94 and also I-75, but right now we’re not experiencing any flooding in any of the freeway systems.”

Meanwhile, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department encouraged residents and businesses experiencing flooding this weekend to avoid driving through standing water; clear grass leaves, trash and other debris from around catch basins; check basement drains to make sure it’s not clogged, and stay clear of standing water in basements with electrical outlets, fuse boxes or electrical appliances.

The agency said sewer trucks and crews are deployed and will work through the weekend responding to street flooding caused by blocked catch basins. Residents or businesses who experience street flooding can call DWSD at (313) 267-8000.

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