Heavy flooding in Detroit prompts state to take action

Posted at 5:51 AM, Aug 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-12 06:51:26-04

DETROIT, Mich. — The state of Michigan has activated the State Emergency Operations Center, in response to severe flooding in the metro Detroit region.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area during the morning commute due to roads that remain impassable as of 5:30 a.m.

Below is a press release from the Michigan State Police.

Michigan State Police troopers have been working throughout the night assisting stranded motorists and clearing vehicles. Michigan Department of Transportation personnel have been fixing expressways due to the flooding and public infrastructure damage. Tremendous efforts are being taken to reopen I-696, I-75, M-39, M-10 and all other major routes in the metro Detroit region.

If you must drive, citizens are encouraged to monitor roads by going to  and take the following precautions:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts—they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

The SEOC was activated at 10:26 p.m. Aug. 11, with state personnel monitoring and coordinating the situation in collaboration with local officials.

MDOT map of freeway closures due to flooding, as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12

MDOT map of freeway closures due to flooding, as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12