Nightside Report Aug. 27, 2021: Intense rain brings new round of flooding in Metro Detroit, Pregnant woman climbs out SUV window onto roof while stuck on flooded freeway

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Drivers rescued from flooded freeways in Metro Detroit

Sudden, intense rain brings new round of flooding to parts of Metro Detroit

DETROIT – Sudden and intense rain brought a new round of flooding to parts of Metro Detroit on Friday (Aug. 27).

The flooding impacted several freeways in the area. The Southfield Freeway was flooded from Ford Road to Joy Road at 4 p.m. Michigan State Police also said the ramp to I-96 was also closed due to flooding.

The closures sent traffic onto side streets and through neighborhoods that also experienced flooding. The water levels rose so fast in some areas that cars found themselves stranded on streets while they were trying to avoid other flooded areas.

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4 Fast Facts

  • A pregnant woman was forced to climb out the window of her submerged SUV and sit on the roof after getting stuck on a flooded stretch of Southfield Freeway. Click here to read more.
  • A movement is growing in Hamburg Township to protect homeowners from flooding damage. Click here to read more.
  • There’s been a lot of speculation over the last couple of years about what will be built at the Northville Downs site. Click here to read more.
  • As the work to get Americans and Afghan allies out of Kabul, a Detroit man has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund rescue missions. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Experts say school bus driver shortage isn’t only impacting Michigan

“Bus drivers wanted” signs have been popping up everywhere, making it clear that there is a need for school bus drivers ahead of the start of school.

Oak Park City School District Operations Manager Steve Burnett said his school district and others need drivers now more than ever.

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How the end of the eviction ban is impacting Metro Detroit residents

Millions of people who are behind on their rent payments may be forced to leave their homes after the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s ban on evictions.

Local 4 spoke with a Metro Detroit woman who is worried she won’t have a place to live so she found resources for people impacted by the Supreme Court decision.

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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.