Metro Detroit weather alert: Huron River flood warning issued for Livingston County

Huron River near Hamburg Township expected to flood through next week

Flooding along the Huron River on May 15, 2018. (WDIV)

A river flood warning has been issued for Livingston County Thursday morning after severe thunderstorms rolled through southeastern Michigan overnight Wednesday.

Livingston County is under a river flood warning until 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 due to heavy rains that hit the region overnight Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the Huron River near Hamburg Township is expected to rise to a crest of 7.4 feet by Saturday morning. As of 2:15 a.m. Friday, the river was at 7.2 feet.

Officials say the river is at a “flood stage” once it reaches 6.5 feet. The Huron River is expected to fall below flood stage next Thursday morning.

The NWS says that when the river reaches flood stage, water begins to flood yards of homes along the Huron River and Ore Lake. Many boat docks reportedly begin to become submerged between 6.5-7 feet. When the water reaches 7 feet, water begins to flood foundations and crawl spaces of many homes along the river and Ore Lake.

If the water reaches 8 feet, many homes alone the river and Ore Lake are surrounded and inundated with flood waters.

Read the latest Metro Detroit weather forecast here.

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