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(WJBK) -

Heavy flooding has shut down numerous freeways across the Metro Detroit area due to heavy rains that pounded the region Monday..

Both MDOT and the Michigan State Police are asking motorists to stay off all freeways in and around Detroit.

Reports have poured in of vehicles getting stuck and floating around the metro area creating gridlock and extremely long commute times.

Diane Cross, spokesperson for MDOT, said that although water is being pumped from freeways, water is coming back down from the overpasses and the service drives. One example of this, Cross said, is at I-75 and I-696.

Cross said that motorists should plan for extra time in the morning when attempting to drive to work.

There is no timetable for when freeways and roads will be cleared, she added. The sewer systems have to be able to absorb the water, which is an "unknown factor," she said.

"We will be working through the night to make sure the pumps are working and the drains are working if they can accept the water," Cross said.

For more information from MDOT, visit michigan.gov/drive

Some of the freeway sections closed due to heavy rains Monday evening were:

  • I-75 at I-696
  • I-94 at 12 mile
  • The Lodge freeway at Davidson
  • I-696 between Dequindre and Van Dyke
  • I-75 at I-94
  • M39 at Michigan Avenue

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Residents in Roseville have been asked to avoid walking down streets. There have been four reports of people needing rescue from falling into manholes after the covers floated away.

Flooding has been reported among rivers and creeks at the Ecorse Creek in Dearborn Heights (major), the Rouge River at Inkster (moderate) and Rouge River at Detroit (minor).

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