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Flooding in Detroit traps people inside their cars, homes

Posted: 10:47 AM, May 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-01 14:59:14-04
Flooding in Detroit traps people inside their cars, homes

DETROIT — Major flooding in metro Detroit is causing problems for people across the area as homes, cars and much more are underwater.

The worst flooding has been reported in the Dearborn Heights area, about 15 miles outside Detroit. Crews are having to rescue people trapped inside their homes. The mayor has asked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to declare an emergency in the city, and there is also a shelter open for people in the area who are affected.

Late Wednesday morning, crews did have to rescue a pregnant woman who was trapped inside the house with her bed-bound cousin and another family member.

Several highways, roads and ramps are closed across the area as well, but more roads were closed this morning as pumps weren't able to handle the amount of water.

Areas in Wayne County are also dealing with major flooding. Hundreds of people have taken to social media to comment about the issues they are dealing with.

Others have taken the floods as an effort to try something new. WXYZ spotted kayakers in Dearborn Heights and later on in the morning, two people on a paddleboat.