Southfield Freeway Reopens After Severe Flooding Caused Closure [VIDEO]

The water was almost 14-feet high at one point

May 02, 2019 - 2:29 pm

DEARBORN (WWJ) - The Southfield Freeway reopened Thursday night after crews worked all day to drain the freeway where it had flooded after heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The water was nearly 14 feet high at one point, up to the bottom of the Outer Drive underpass along the border of Dearborn and Allen Park.

Crews took more than 24 hours to pump water off the freeway and the freeway finally reopened late Thursday, though more rain was expected. 

"It is a very low point in this area, which is why all the water has collected here," said Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Diane Cross. "It's not a matter that we can't get the water out, but there's nowhere for the water to go because everything else is full."

Nearby neighborhoods in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Allen Park also experienced flooding. 

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