Nightside Report June 28, 2021: Michigan Department of Transportation attributes cause of I-94 flooding to power failure, Clinton Township police rescue 82-year-old woman trapped in submerged vehicle

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Cars stuck on a flooded I-94 in Metro Detroit.
Cars stuck on a flooded I-94 in Metro Detroit. (WDIV)

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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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 894,260; Death toll now at 19,712

Metro Detroit weather: Rain chances stick around for most of workweek

We’re getting more sunshine and dry spots around the rain and storms, but the rain isn’t done with us by a long shot.

Click here to read the full forecast.

4 Fast Facts

  • An 82-year-old woman is thanking officers for rescuing her when she became trapped underwater while behind the wheel. Click here to read more.
  • The cleanup continues for countless families hoping to bounce back from a round of heavy rain that has caused major flooding throughout Metro Detroit. Click here to read more.
  • A Metro Detroit charity works to provide cleaning supplies to people who have been impacted by flooding. Click here to read more.
  • With less than a month to go before the summer games we’re getting more decisive about who to support in the Tokyo Olympics. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Michigan governor pushes for infrastructure improvements to prevent flood damage

Officials in Michigan are working to make sure residents across Metro Detroit do not experience more damage from floods in the future.

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.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.