Managing floods when there’s nowhere for the water to go
Last week, before tornadoes devastated communities across Michigan, record rainfall overwhelmed drainage systems and tributaries in Wayne County. The highest total was nearly 7.4 inches reported at a station in Belleville, a 24-hour total nearly all of which fell during this event.
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The deluge also flooded the tunnels at Detroit Metro Airport and closed the McNamara Terminal for several hours. The National Weather Service reported that a record 3.5 inches of rain fell during that period at the airport, the most ever recorded on Aug. 24.
Podcast player image: Barricades and a ramp closed signed block motorists from using the freeway ramp covered by flood waters.
Portrait: Hugh McDiarmid Jr., communications director at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). Photo courtesy of EGLE.