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Metro Detroit area flooded after intense storms drop heavy rain

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A truck is hoisted from a flooded I75 and Canfield Street as heavy rain flooded streets in the metro area of Detroit, on Saturday, June 26, 2021. A state of emergency has been declared for Detroit and surrounding Wayne County following daylong rain that flooded freeways and streets. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

A truck is hoisted from a flooded I75 and Canfield Street as heavy rain flooded streets in the metro area of Detroit. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

A truck is hoisted from a flooded I75 and Canfield Street as heavy rain flooded streets in the metro area of Detroit. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

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UPDATED 9:53 AM PT – Sunday, June 27, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) declared a state of emergency after storms dropped heavy rain across the Metro Detroit area. Reports on Saturday showed the National Weather Service predicted less than two inches of rain. However, some points recorded more than six inches over a 12-hour period.

Drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles on the Metro Detroit freeways, while tens of thousands of homes and businesses were either left flooded or without power. Officials said the city’s water operation system was at max capacity.

Detroit Water and Sewage Department Director Gary Brown explained, “the intensity of these storms exceeded the design standards for pump stations and combined sewer overflow facilities serving the Detroit region.”

Some parts of the state were even left under tornado warnings until Saturday evening. The State Emergency Operations Center has been working around the clock to clear freeways and roads, reestablish power, and provide emergency services for residents.

According to Whitmer, the state will continue to work closely with emergency response coordinators and local leaders to address the widespread flooding.

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