Heavy Rains Bring State Wide Flooding, Detroit Hit Hard [Video]
Water, water, everywhere! And if you think Wednesday morning's West Michigan commute was hard, just thank God you weren't in the Motor City!
Flood watches and warnings have been issued state wide as heavy rains deluged already high rivers and streams. Detroit was particularly hard hit after rain totals topped 5 inches and led to low lying areas flooding.
Freeway underpasses and ramps were flooded, stymieing morning traffic, and causing some people to abandon their vehicles, leaving behind scores of strewn cars on the roadways.
Here's some video coverage of the flooding west of the Detroit in Dearborn.
As for us here in West Michigan, the National Weather Service has issued a 'Hazardous Weather Outlook' through Sunday that warns of localized flooding in more rain:
Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI 524 AM EDT Wed May 1 2019 MIZ037>040-043>046-050>052-056>059-064>067-071>074-020930- Mason-Lake-Osceola-Clare-Oceana-Newaygo-Mecosta-Isabella-Muskegon- Montcalm-Gratiot-Ottawa-Kent-Ionia-Clinton-Allegan-Barry-Eaton- Ingham-Van Buren-Kalamazoo-Calhoun-Jackson- 524 AM EDT Wed May 1 2019 This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of southwest Lower Michigan. .DAY ONE...Today and Tonight Additional rounds of rain are expected today, especially this morning. Some minor flooding is possible along small streams and in low lying areas. The area that has seen the most rain the last couple of days and is therefore most susceptible to minor flooding is south of I-96. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday Another round of rain is expected Thursday afternoon and evening and will likely affect already saturated ground across Southern Lower Michigan. Flooding in low lying areas will be possible through the end of the week. River rises will occur in many areas over the coming days.