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National Weather Service Says More Flooding Possible In Metro Detroit This Week

The National Weather Service says the area should be on high alert again this week.

May 07, 2019 - 5:38 pm
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(WWJ) -- After heavy rains last week brought flooding to much of metro Detroit, the National Weather Service says the area should be on high alert again this week.

The NWS in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a Flood Warning for southeastern St. Clair County until Friday afternoon. Locations that will experience flooding the area include Algonac, Marine City, Harsens Island and Pearl Beach.

St. Clair County officials reported several buildings and roads were flooded in Algonac and Harsens Island along the St. Clair River on Tuesday afternoon, saying the river levels are expected to remain high enough to cause significant flooding into Friday.

The extremely high river levels have been caused by high water levels in the Great Lakes due to the recent heavy rainfall and persistent strong north and east winds. The waters should start to slowly recede on Friday, officials said.

The NWS also says a Lakeshore Flood Warning will be in effect from 8 a.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday, as strengthening northeast winds Tuesday night will lead to increasing water levels across the western lake Erie basin, particularly from Luna Pier southward. As winds shift to easterly throughout the day Wednesday, the NWS says water levels along the entire Lake Erie shoreline will increase.

Water levels are forecast to exceed six feet suring that time, leading to the potential for lakeshore flooding.

Officials are urging the public to take caution during flood warnings. When encountering flooded roads, motorists should always turn around. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, according to officials. Residents on or near the shore in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property.

More safety tips can be found on weather.gov.