Flooding gridlocks traffic, clogs freeways across Metro Detroit

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Flooding gridlocks traffic, clogs freeways across Metro Detroit

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WJBK) -  "All the sudden, out of nowhere a wave of water came over the top of me and the bank came in and kicked the truck over," said Crag Payne, a stranded concrete driver. "It was full of concrete and there I was stuck."
 
It's probably one of the most photographed sites around Metro Detroit on Tuesday.

People came from all over to check out Royal Oak's newest lake.
 
"It probably took us three hours to get what usually would be 15 minutes," said Sarah James from Ann Arbor. I've never seen anything like it before."
 
Michigan State Police's dive team cruised the flooded interstate near I-75 and I-696 looking for signs of submerged cars - and damage. It is the only way one can get around right now after torrential rains had the water rising some 14 feet.
 
"I won't be able to make it to work for a couple of days," said Karen Sherland, who lives nearby.
 
The downpours stopped traffic in its tracks,  stranding drivers neck deep in water and soaked countless basements.
 
"My basement had a foot and a half of water," said Brian Madach. "I've lived here 35 years and have never seen that happen before."
 
But  sometimes the worst of times can bring out the best in people.
 
"We fortunately ran into angels after we got stuck in the water who took us in for the night," said Jim Rodger, a stranded Canadian driver.
 
This family of four from Canada got a good night's sleep despite the unexpected detour, but it will take a long time for them to completely dry out.
 
"They had water in their stowaway," said Jerry McConnell who helped the stranded motorist. "The guy next door pulled them out with his Jeep. We are helping him figure out where to go, then they they'll be on their way.

The road will likely be closed for the next couple of days, crews won't know how bad it is until the water recedes and they can get a good look at the damage. There are some concerns over erosion.



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