Date: 2021-09-23 02:19:35
Weather watchers say despite the constant rain, there have been a few reports of flooding.
But, they quickly added Wednesday, there’s still another day of rain to go. A flood watch is in effect for metro Detroit until Thursday, and rainfall in some places — such as Bloomfield Hills and near Armada — already has reached about 3½ inches.
On top of that, rivers are beginning to swell, with the National Weather Service issuing warnings for the Clinton River in Macomb County, the Rouge River in Wayne County and the Huron River in Livingston County.
Wind gusts — up to 40 mph — also are forecast, beginning at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, peaking at 8 p.m. and subsiding sometime after midnight. That’s bad news for folks in areas with trees that are prone to power outages.
Nearly 13,000 DTE customers were without power from downed power lines.
Rainfall already forced Motor Bella, an automotive show organized by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, to cancel its Wednesday activities because of rainwater damage to exhibit areas.
The rain accumulation at the M1 Concourse turned a dirt lot into a lake.
Forecasters began predicting as much as 6.5 inches of rain Tuesday, prompting schools to call off activities such cross country meets, and the Great Lakes Water Authority and city of Detroit to warn residents to begin preparing yet again for the possibility of flooding.
The regional water authority, which provides drinking water and sewerage services for southeast Michigan communities, and weather watchers warned residents, especially those with homes in low areas, to take precautions.
In Macomb County, public works officials headed out to clear storm drains and sewer grates.
Weather service meteorologist Trent Frey in White Lake Township said it looks like a low-pressure system appears to be moving in, which could generate more showers with persistent rainfall throughout the day. Another inch to 1½ inches could drop and eventually lead to flood concerns.
Motor Bella, however, said it expects to reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The show must go on.
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