MT. CLEMENS (WWJ) – The Clinton River is at what may be an all-time high — and it’s rapidly rising.
That’s the word from Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel following Monday night’s drenching downpour that left much of metro Detroit under water.
“I’m here right now, actually by the Clinton River, looking at it in Mount Clemens, and boy…I haven’t seen it this high in quite some time,” Hackel said, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950 Tuesday.
“We’re talking today it’s like 16.3 feet; we know it’s because of that watershed and the water that’s, you know, in the storm drains and starting to come on down this way — and boy, it’s moving pretty rapidly and increasing, obviously, in its height here,” Hackel said.
“…We’re worried about that because it’s gonna cause some more problems for roads in and around the city, as well as some of the parks and other areas and businesses.”
Hackel said flooding along the Clinton River is going to be a concern for the rest of the day.
He’s not anticipating evacuations will be necessary — but officials will be keeping an eye on the situation.
“We are concerned and we’re going to be monitoring it,” Hackel said. “Our emergency services coordinator; she’s been in the offices ever since last night, and working with various municipalities and their emergency management teams.”