River Raisin ice jams, flooding cause road closures in Monroe

City under flood warning until Friday evening

Ice jams, winter storm cause flooding in Monroe on Feb. 18, 2022 (Monroe Police Department)

MONROE, Mich. – Recent wet weather has caused flooding in the city of Monroe, triggering some road closures in the area Friday morning.

Monroe police said Friday morning that East Elm Road is closed between North Dixie Highway and Maple Boulevard. East Front Street is also closed from Navarre Street to Murray Street.

Both Elm Road and Front Street run along River Raisin, which is under a flood warning until Friday evening due to rain and snowstorms that hit the area Thursday. There are also ice jams in the river, as seen in the photo above.

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The river is under a flood warning until further notice.

According to the National Weather Service, as of 5 a.m. Friday, the river was at 9 feet, reaching a flooding stage. The water reportedly reached 10 feet as of 10:40 a.m., flooding several homes on the western edge of the city.

“The river level is expected to fluctuate between 9.5 feet and 10.5 feet due to variable ice cover and ice restricted flow along the river,” the NWS said.

View from a residential street in the city of Monroe that has become flooded with icy waters from the overflowing River Raisin on Feb. 18, 2022. (WDIV)
View from a residential street in the city of Monroe that has become flooded with icy waters from the overflowing River Raisin on Feb. 18, 2022. (WDIV)
View from a residential street in the city of Monroe that has become flooded with icy waters from the overflowing River Raisin on Feb. 18, 2022. (WDIV)
River Raisin is flooding in the city of Monroe, causing some road closures on Feb. 18, 2022. (Monroe Police Department)
River Raisin is flooding in the city of Monroe, causing some road closures on Feb. 18, 2022. (Monroe Police Department)

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