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Heavy Rains Could Bring Flooding To Metro Detroit Monday Night

The heaviest rain can be expected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

August 12, 2019 - 7:41 pm

WWJ -- A round of heavy rainstorms is expected to hit the metro Detroit area Monday night and forecasters are anticipating possible flooding in some areas.

With up to two inches of rain expected in some areas, Brandon Lewis with Macomb County Emergency Management says officials are keeping track of the storms, especially in the area near 12 Mile Road, south of I-696. Many areas are already saturated from recent storms, which could cause some problems, Lewis says.

"We had a rain cell move through about 2-3 weeks ago that dropped some heavy rain there over a short period," Lewis told WWJ. "So we’re going to be keeping an eye on that, we’re going to be keeping an eye on some of the lakeshore areas that are already affected from the flooding coming in off of the lake. And we’ll just be generally keeping an eye on the track of the storm as it comes through."

Another area that could see flooding is all along the shores of Lake St. Clair, from St. Clair Shores, all the way to New Baltimore. Lewis says the good news in that area, however, is that the lake's water level has gone down about two inches since the lake reached its peak earlier this summer.

"We’ll just be looking to make sure that everything is okay, they’re not taking on too much additional water in addition to the issues they have coming off the lake," he said.

Lewis says the Army Corps of Engineers believes the lake's water level will continue to trend downward into the fall.

Rain is expected to begin falling late Monday evening and carry into the overnight hours. The National Weather Service says the heaviest rain can be expected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Motorists are reminded to avoid driving through flooded areas and residents.

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