Heavy rain causes more flooding on Detroit-area freeways

August 27, 2021 GMT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Flash food warnings have been issued Friday in the Detroit area following another burst of heavy rain.

Parts of four freeways were closed early Friday afternoon due to flooding, Michigan’s Department of Transportation reported.

Both directions of the Lodge Freeway near 10 Mile Road in Southfield were under what appeared to be 1-2 feet of water, prompting some motorists to exit the freeway by going the wrong way up entrance ramps.

Parts of southeastern Michigan could see rainfall rates of more than one inch per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

A late June storm dumped more than 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) of rain on Detroit and three suburban communities. Thousands of basements and dozens of streets flooded. Cars and SUVs stuck in high water were abandoned on flooded freeways and many streets were impassable.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency, and in mid-July, President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration.

More than $50 million in federal grants have been approved for people affected by the floods in the area.

Some freeways, roads and basement again were flooded by another heavy rain on July 16.