Metro Detroit doused with latest round of wet weather
Some sections of Metro Detroit fell nearly five inches of rain on Wednesday as another round of wet weather flooded the area, setting off a flood watch.
The National Weather Service in White Lake Township reported that Farmington Hills was nearly 5 inches and Troy was nearly 10 inches by noon. In the evening, Ann Arbor, Monroe, Livonia, garden city, Shelby Township and Southgate had all endured at least three inches. In the meantime, 2.08 “had fallen in White Lake Township and St. Clair Shores notched 1.07”.
A flood watch was due to expire early Thursday. By this point, some areas are expected to have seen more than 2 inches.
“It’s not particularly heavy rain like you experienced last summer,” said Michael Boguth, a meteorologist with the Gaylord branch of the National Weather Service. “This is a longer duration, sometimes easy to moderate.”
The risk, Boguth warned, would come when local rivers begin to overflow.
“You will see steady increases in rivers and congestion on roads and other low-lying areas,” he said. “The best preparation is to keep an eye on these road conditions and be sure to keep an eye on these river levels for the next few days.”
The weather service issued flood warnings for several rivers on Wednesday, including the Middle Rouge River near Dearborn Heights and the Rouge River in Detroit; the Clinton River in Macomb County; and Huron River near Hamburg affecting Livingston County.
The weather service said most rivers will rise near or above the flood stage on Wednesday evening and will rise early Thursday.
Some freeway flooding was also reported on Wednesday, including some lanes of traffic on Interstate 94 near the Lodge Freeway in Detroit, the shoulder of I-94 near Van Dyke, and the interstate driveway west to the lodge. The water is clear by the evening.
Macomb County officials on Wednesday reported flooding near the Clinton River and the closure of sections of Garfield and Millar Streets in the Clinton Ward.
In a statement Wednesday, Macomb County’s public works commissioner Candice Miller said that drain maintenance workers had cleared her office of debris from the flood hazards of large grates, including along Interstate 94, to reduce the risk of freeway flooding.
“We tried to be proactive by getting out before this predicted multi-day rainy event,” she said.
The Great Lakes Water Authority announced that their regional collection system and the associated electricity feeds into the Freud Pump Station in Detroit are operating as usual.
As a result of the rains, power outages followed in some areas.
DTE Energy reported more than 80,000 customers in the dark late Wednesday with large clusters near Inkster, Canton Township, Novi, Farmington Hills, Ypsilanti, Belleville, Washington Township, Saline, Fraser, Port Huron, Marysville and Algonac.
Consumer energy reports on9,000 with no electricity across the state, including near Lansing, Flint, and Kalamazoo.
“Please be careful as there are many dark streets, intersections with no lights and power lines,” Michigan State Police said on Twitter. “If you are using a generator, please keep it outside and away from windows.”
The rain follows months of storms that created outages, floods and other problems across the region.
At least four major flood events flooded the region in the summer, said the weather service. Among them was the June 25-26 episode that flooded thousands of homes, resulting in a state declaration of disaster.
For the week of August 12, severe storms left more than 900,000 residents across the state without power, some for up to a week.
Two weeks later, it fell as much as 2-4 inches, triggering basement fuses and road closures.
Last week, the summer warmth created storms that brought strong winds, hail and rainfall, leaving thousands of residents without electricity.