Every restoration business owner I talk to in the metro Detroit area is quick to tell me what a busy winter they had, thanks to the polar vortex leading to lots of broken pipes and water losses. And it appears that this August is shaping up nicely for them too thanks to record rainfall in southeast Michigan Monday afternoon.
It’s estimated that 4.57 inches of rain fell on metro Detroit Monday, flooding roads, freeways and homes. As of Tuesday morning, one of the busiest freeway intersections in the state (I-696 and I-75) was closed and still submerged under 12 feet of water. According to a story in the Detroit Free Press from Tuesday, almost 5,000 calls for help and 1,500 insurance claims have already been processed.
Here’s a look at some of the flooding people and area news outlets were sharing on Twitter:
Historic amount of rain slams SE Michigan causing major flooding. Authorities urging citizens to stay clear of hwys pic.twitter.com/3YHUjEfmgP— SE Mich. Incidents (@SE_MIincidents) August 12, 2014
It is flooding here in southern Michigan pic.twitter.com/44altlAOoJ— Halie (@BasicallyBeatty) August 11, 2014
In other news. Detroit is flooding. pic.twitter.com/sriAqXIDPW— Allison VanKuiken (@paigethomas1980) August 11, 2014