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.”
We are continuing to monitor the severe weather events happening across Michigan to ensure we are being proactive in every way possible. Our main priority is making sure everyone stays safe. pic.twitter.com/YYCJQIkdqn
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) June 26, 2021
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.