Metro Detroit freeways remain flooded, dive teams to comb areas

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DETROIT, Mich. – Michigan State Police dive teams were expected to search flooded freeways Tuesday, a day after more than five inches of rain slammed parts of the Detroit metro area.

flooding1The freeway system was at a standstill Tuesday morning as some roads were submerged with up to 13 feet of water.

The latest headlines:

  • Hundreds of vehicles are stranded in flood waters.
  • I-696 remains shut down in Macomb County.
  • I-75 between 9 Mile and I-696 remains shut down.  It looks like a “disaster area,” according to a report from WWJ-AM 950.
  • The hardest hit areas seem to be along the I-696 corridor through Oakland and Macomb Counties.
  • Dive teams searched interchanges Tuesday morning, and there are plans for more searches later in the day.  Troopers want to make sure there aren’t any bodies.
  • Basements of homes remain flooded across the metro area.
  • The Detroit Water and Sewage Department said there were no failures of its system.  Excess water was being discharged into the Detroit River.
  • Governor Snyder told WWJ-AM the state has brought in additional squads of state troopers and other resources.  He left the Upper Peninsula to better assess the situation.
  • Helicopter video showed some washouts which left what looked like tons of dirt in travel lanes. This may means closures or lane closures could last past Tuesday.
  • Driving tip: FOX 17 Traffic reporter Robb Westaby: “Standing water can be deeper than it looks. The standing rule is this: If you can’t see the pavement, don’t drive through water.”
  • WXYZ-TV helicopter video appeared to show drivers on one stretch of freeway ignoring barriers and driving the wrong way to use a ramp. (Video below)

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