Monday afternoon’s record rain and flooding turned Metro Detroit roadways and commuters into a modern day Noah’s Ark and Tuesday rush hour commute hasn’t been much better.
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, one of the hardest-hit areas is the busy I 696-I-75 interchange in Oakland County, which remains impassable.
As of 9:20 a.m. today, the following major roads were closed because of standing water, mud, debris or vehicles blocking the path:
- I-696 from Mound Road until west of Woodward Ave.
- I-75 from M-8 to I-696
- M-10 from M-8 to Griswold
- Westbound 95 from 96 to Greenfield
- Parts of Woodward Avenue in Detroit
- Northbound M-39 from I-94 to Ford Road affecting all lanes. The road is closed.
Southbound Van Dyke from Chicago Road to 12 Mile reopened around 9:30 a.m.
The Detroit News reports MDOT crews worked overnight to check freeway pump stations, but it wasn’t immediately clear how long it would take for the waters to recede, Cross said. “The big unknown variable is going to be the water and where it’s going to drain … because everything is full of water already.”
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As much as 6 inches of rain drenched the region Monday — most falling in just a few hours, according to the National Weather Service.
Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus set a record with 4.57 inches of rain, more than doubling the previous high-water mark, 2.06, notched in 1964.