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Detroit Flooding From Heavy Rain Closes Roads, Interstates

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 09:59 AM

Detroit flooding is expected to continue on Tuesday, and Michigan state police are encouraging drivers to stay off the roads.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross told the Detroit Free Press that a record 4.57 inches of rain fell Monday, shutting down parts of I-94, I-75, and I-696. Much of the closures remained in effect Tuesday morning.

"We’ve got a lot going on. It’s not just the water on the roads. We can’t clean up the roads, we’ve got to get the cars off the roads," she said, explain that many abandoned cars remain submerged. So far, she said she can't "fathom a guess" as to just when the roads will reopen.

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The nearly five inches of rain that fell in a matter of hours on Monday were more than a month's worth, National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Aurimski told ABC affiliate WZZM. On average, the state sees about 3 inches of rain throughout the entire month of August.

Along with the road flooding, many Detroit residents saw their basements fill up with water.

Tayler McCullum of Roseville said there was at least 6 inches of water in her basement.

"This has never happened since we've been here, but my neighbor said she once had water up to her hips," she said. "We're hoping it doesn't get that bad."

Many residents posted pictures of the flooding to social media sites like Twitter, documenting the widespread event. Understandably, many lamented the flooding, but some also found there were a few jokes to be had.









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