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Flood Warning Extended Through Tuesday Morning

August 13, 2019 - 6:27 am
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(WWJ) - Streets throughout Metro Detroit are covered in water after heavy rains hit the area Monday night.

The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning until 11:30 Tuesday morning; it was originally set to expire at 5:30 a.m. The warning covers parts of Oakland and Macomb counties where 3 to 6 inches of rain fell overnight -- including Warren, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights and Birmingham. 

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots -- especially near the Clinton River in Macomb County and the Rouge River in east central Oakland County.

REMEMBER: Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. In Sterling Heights, crews had to tow 42 vehicles that were stranded in the rising flood waters. 

The storms also knocked out power to a more than 1,000 people in the northern suburbs. DTE is blaming equipment problems and fallen trees for the outages, which are concentrated in Bloomfield, West Bloomfield and Troy. Officials say power should be restored sometime Tuesday morning.

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