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.
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)