DETROIT (WWJ) - As yet another round of showers and thunderstorms pours through Metro Detroit, a flood watch has been issued for the area.
The National Weather Service has issued the watch for most of southeast Michigan, including Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Oakland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The watch will remain in effect through Thursday evening.
Wednesday night, a flood warning was issued for Lenawee , Livingston , Macomb, Monroe , Oakland , St. Clair, Wayne and Washtenaw counties until 11:30 p.m.
“The promise to get wet lasts for at least another forty hours,” said AccuWeather Meterologist Jim Kosek. “There will be some big boys on the prowl this afternoon — I’m talking showers and gusty thunderstorms,” Kosek said, adding that Metro Detroit can expect yet another dose of rain on Thursday, along with a spotty thunderstorm or two.
Flooding in Canton led the to closure of many roads. The Canton Department of Public Safety said late Wednesday these roads and intersections were closed:
-Intersection at Ford/Canton Center
-Saltz Road between Sheldon & Morton Taylor
-Sheldon between Savory & Gordon
-Lilley at Greenwood
-Southbound Belleville at Yost
-Hanford west of Canton Center
-Cherry Hill west of Ridge
-Lotz and Finley
No traffic is allowed on Ford Road between Sheldon and Canton Center.
Numerous subdivisons are reporting their streets, ponds, creeks are flooding, according to the Emergency Management Planner’s office.
A mini lake formed on the Westbound exit to Telegraph Road:
Wednesday morning, WWJ’s John Bailey said motorists should watch out for water over the road along I-96 at Newburgh Road, near Redford Township and Livonia.
Reporting from Northville, WWJ’s Chrystal Knight said barricades and ropes were set up due to flooding. The flooding near one shopping plaza on Haggerty and Six Mile Road had afternoon drivers maneuvering their way around the roped off areas, making parking difficult.
One member of the Wayne County road crew working there told Knight they had control of the flooding in a little amount of time.
“Once it stopped raining, we got control of it,” he said. The worker said the storm drains designed to drain water into sewers were covered in debris. “There was so much water, it was overtaken for a few moments. Now that the bases are uncovered, we’re keeping an eye on it to keep it clean.”
WWJ has been fielding calls about multiple problems on the roadways. One tipster said the traffic lights were out at intersection of Maple Road and John R. Road.
At Woodward Ave. near Coolidge, visibility was very poor, according to one caller. “The rain is coming down so hard, my wipers can’t even take the rain off fast enough,” he said.
A flooded southbound M-10 at Linwood was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.Check for the latest reported traffic incidents at this link.
Police remind drivers that if you see a barricaded road to not go around, even if you’re in a truck or an SUV. Many of the flooded areas are just too dangerous to try to drive through.
Forecasters say the wet weather will stick around, at least through Saturday. But it looks like things might clear up before your Memorial Day gathering.
Forecast details from the WWJ Weather Team:
Wednesday Night - Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 61 to 65. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph…turning to south. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Thursday – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs 72 to 76. South winds 10 to 20 mph…turning to southwest. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Thursday Night – Showers likely. Lows 47 to 51. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Friday – Cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 62 to 66. Lows 57 to 61. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday – Partly sunny during the morning. Mostly cloudy during the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73 to 77. Lows 61 to 65. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday – Partly sunny during the morning. Mostly sunny during the afternoon. Highs 83 to 87. Lows 68 to 72.
Memorial Day – Mostly sunny. Highs 84 to 88. Lows 66 to 70. Chance of rain 20 percent.
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