Heavy rains overnight cause flooding, school closures
(FOX 2) - Rain overnight is causing headaches all over metro Detroit Wednesday morning.
A flood warning went into effect this morning in Wayne County, and doesn't end until Thursday night. Macomb County is also under a flood warning through Wednesday evening. A lakeshore flood warning is also in effect this morning for Wayne, Monroe, Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties.
Multiple schools in Wayne County are also closed Wednesday due to nearby flooding, including Allen Park Public Schools; Dearborn Heights; Lincoln Park; Melvindale; Romulus; and Taylor. You can see a full list of current school closures here.
A major road closure includes M-39. The northbound and southbound sides at Outer Drive are closed for water. Traffic is being ramped off onto Outer Drive. Take caution on freeway entrance and exit ramps.
If you encounter a flooded road, do not attempt to pass. Turn around and try a different route. MSP is reminding drivers this morning it only takes about 6 inches of water to lose control of your car - and 12 inches to start floating. If your car stalls, stay inside and call 911.
MDOT shared out a picture of several cars stranded in the water Wednesday morning on Ecorse Road under I-94. Diane Cross with MDOT says they're encountering stalled and underwater cars all over the metro area.
In Dearborn Heights, firefighters had to rescue two women who were trapped inside a flooded car. We talked to a man who also said he was trapped inside his home, and was told he needed to wait for the water to recede before he could get out.
Rain came down for much of the overnight hours, along with some non severe thunderstorms. We saw about 2-3 inches of rainfall.
The rain is beginning to lift to the north now. We could see more showers develop through the morning hours but it won't be as heavy as what we saw overnight. More storms are expected to come our way later this afternoon again, though.
You can keep an eye on the rain and the radar with your FOX 2 weather app.
This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.