Multiple roads and freeways hit by flooding in metro Detroit back open

Posted at 7:03 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 05:15:42-04

The heavy rains moving through parts of metro Detroit forced the closure of numerous roads across the area on Monday night. Most of those roads have reopened ahead of the Tuesday morning commute.

I-696 is back open at Evergreen in Southfield after a power outage caused the pumps to go out. The highway began to flood, but the pumps started working just before 11 p.m.

They expect the flood waters to recede within several hours, but additional rain could hamper their efforts.

Drivers tell 7 Action News, the moments when the flooding began were scary.

"There was a little bit of water on the road everybody was getting through ok, right behind me I heard a boom and the manhole cover went about 6 feet into the air and instant water,” said Don Brass, whose Corvette was overcome by flood water.

His vehicle had to be towed out of the water.

"I've seen 696 flood before but I've never been in it and now I've got a blown motor and possibly a totaled car. I'm going to cry later,” he said.

MSP tells 7 Action News that there were no serious injuries during the flooding, just a few minor accidents.