Roadways, basements flooded as Detroit area swamped with record-setting rains

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than six inches of rain have flooded basements and left a number of highways and streets impassable in southeastern Michigan.

State officials are warning commuters against driving in affected areas. Michigan State Police troopers have been assisting stranded motorists and clearing vehicles from the roads. State police say there have been no reports of people missing, but divers have been searching flooded freeways to be sure.

The National Weather Service says the rains in the Detroit area were record-setting. More than four and a half inches fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in the suburb of Romulus, while the highest report was 6.25 inches, also in suburban Detroit.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today, but not as severe as Monday. The weather service says about 1/4-inch of rain could fall.

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124-a-10-(Mayor Jim Fouts (fowts), in interview)-"the National Guard"-Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the flooding is massive, and the city needs help. COURTESY: WDIV TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((watch for dating if the mayor does request the National Guard)) (12 Aug 2014)

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125-a-09-(Mayor Jim Fouts (fowts), in interview)-"just not enough"-Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the flooding is more than the city can handle on its own. COURTESY: WDIV TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2014)

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126-a-06-(Jerome Baker, resident, rescued from floodwaters, in interview)-"wait for help"-Jerome Baker of Royal Oak Township says he was driving along when water just gushed onto the road, nearly covering his car. COURTESY: WDIV TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2014)

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127-a-05-(Nable Cana, resident, rescued from floodwaters, in interview)-"in the car"-Nable Cana of Royal Oak Township says the floodwaters swept his car away. COURTESY: WDIV TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2014)

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128-a-17-(Craig Payne, resident, rescued from floodwaters, in interview)-"me with mine"-Royal Oak Township resident Craig Payne says he thought the roadway was clear, but all of a sudden it wasn't, and he was in trouble. COURTESY: WDIV TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2014)

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