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All lanes reopened in both directions on Southfield Freeway after flooding

Posted at 4:36 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 23:25:20-04

(WXYZ) β€” UPDATE 10:38PM: All lanes in both directions of the Southfield freeway have reopened, according to MDOT.


UPDATE 9:54PM: According to MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross, the Southfield Freeway may reopen for Friday morning rush hour, depending on if the area is cleaned and inspected, and there's no large quantity of rain.

The below video, shared on the Wayne County Facebook page, shows cleaning of the freeway and crews work to get things back to normal.


Southfield Freeway is still closed at Outer Dr. in Dearborn due to flooding. Flood waters were nearly 14 feet high reaching the Outer Dr. bridge.

"It's just unbelievable," a driver told 7 Action News Reporter Rudy Harper.

The flooding has also extended into neighborhoods in both Dearborn, Dearborn Heights Allen Park and there are dozens of cars in the area stranded and abandoned. The flood onto Southfield Freeway is happening at the border of all three cities.

According to MDOT, there is more water coming in than the ability to go out through the pumping station. The pump is working but there is too much water with the ground saturated and all of the rivers that come toward the southeast.

It's not clear when the highway will reopen but crews on scene said it could take days.

Neighbors said, the freeway floods once a year. They would like to see a solution.