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Detroit area hit by severe flooding

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM
A police checks a flooded vehicle for any occupants along a flooded stretch of I-696 at the Warren, Michigan city limits yesterday morning. - AP

MICHIGAN (AP):

A woman died when her vehicle became stranded in three feet of water in suburban Detroit, after heavy rain across south eastern Michigan left many roads impassable.

Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than six inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas yesterday morning.

Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in flood waters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. He said he was seeking state help for residents dealing with the "overwhelming" and "catastrophic" flooding.

Fouts said a woman apparently died of cardiac arrest when her vehicle got stuck in floods. He did not name the woman or say when she died.

The Associated Press left a message for Fouts seeking more information.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson said the rainfall peaked in suburban Detroit at 6.25 inches. He said 4.57 inches fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, breaking the previous record for August 11 at the airport of 2.06 inches in 1964.