Flooding submerges dozens of cars, closes highways, impedes firefighters in Detroit

Woodward Ave. on Highland Park. By Joe Call Photography.
Woodward Ave. on Highland Park. By Camera Jesus.

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Rapidly rising water submerged dozens of cars as motorists and passengers fled for higher ground in metro Detroit on Monday evening.

The flooding was so rampant that Detroit firefighters and police were sometimes unable to reach emergencies.

A Detroit firefighter rescues a woman after I-75 flooded.
A Detroit firefighter rescues a woman after I-75 flooded. By Camera Jesus.

The flooding came as heavy rain pounded the area for several hours beginning this afternoon, overwhelming the city’s ailing underground sewage system that carries storm water.

Water rising from manholes submerged cars on I-75 at 7 Mile, where firefighters rescued stranded motorists and passengers. Dozens of cars were under water and discarded.

Flooding also closed underpasses at Livernois, Clark and Junction.

In Highland Park, Woodward Avenue was closed after flooding swallowed several cars.

In homes across metro Detroit, thousands of basements were flooded.

We will continue to monitor the flooding. Check back for updates.

Woodward Ave. in Highland Park. By Camera Jesus.
Woodward Ave. in Highland Park. By Camera Jesus.
I-75 submerged in water in Detroit.
I-75 submerged in water in Detroit. By Camera Jesus

Abigail Shah

Co-founder of Motor City Muckraker, Abigail Shah is a native Detroit and graduated with a BS in psychology from Wayne State University.

  • Gian Bence

    “Flooding also closed underpasses at Livernois, Clark and Junction.”

    This is not merely an inconvenience. Those streets are the only north/south access streets under the railroad yard. Central and Lonyo underpasses also continually flood.

    Fire stations have closed on both sides of that divide. The remaining two stations service both sides of a larger sector that is now compromised with occasional longer response times due to flooding or trains.

    Losing ones home is devastating but the greater concern is longer response time with EMS where fast response is essential.

  • Billy Blake

    Here is Governor Syner comparing this flood to his roof leak at his million dollar lake house http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/rick-snyder-detroit-flooding-lake-house_n_5676215.html

  • EDG

    I love how 696 resembles a pleasant river