Michigan Department of Transportation attributes cause of I-94 flooding to power failure
DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is attributing the cause of the I-94 flooding to power failure.
DTE had an outage in the area at the worse possible time, according to the agency.
There was still a mile of water on I-94 on Monday evening in Detroit. MDOT has dozens of pumping stations along Metro Detroit freeways because most highways were built below grade. But MDOT is telling the Local 4 Defenders that they are pushing back hard against the perception that the agency’s pumps failed.
MDOT says the pumps did not fail. Here’s what happened.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference down on an empty I-94. A bit surreal to see one of Metro Detroit’s main areas so empty.