A flood watch remains in effect through Thursday as rain, heavy at times, continues to douse the Metro Detroit area.
“It’s not a particularly intense rainfall like you experience this past summer,” said Michael Boguth, a meteorologist with the Gaylord branch of the National Weather Service. “This is more long duration, light to moderate at times.”
The risk, Boguth said, will come if local rivers start to overflow their banks.
“You’re going to see a steady rise in rivers and ponding on roads and other low lying areas,” he said. “The best thing to prepare is to keep track of these road conditions and definitely keep track of those river levels over the next several days.”
Michigan State Police said Wednesday morning that widespread flooding on area freeways hasn’t happened.
“We are not seeing any closed freeways due to flooding so far. (Knock on Wood),” MSP said in a tweet. “However, troopers are reporting ponding on some side streets and also along M-8 between I-75 and M-10. Make sure you take it slow and keep both hands on the wheel!”
The weather service forecast calls for an additional rainfall totaling .25 to .75 inches through noon with some areas exceeding 1 inch of new rain Wednesday. Strong north winds will also develop Wednesday with gusts of 30-40 mph this afternoon/evening.
By the time the flood watch ends at 8 a.m. Thursday, some areas could have seen over 2 inches of rainfall during the duration of the storm.
Meanwhile, Macomb County was seeing some flooding near the Clinton River.
Parts of two Clinton Township roads were closed due to flooding, officials said.
They said flooding has prompted county officials to close Garfield Road between Terra Bella Street and Grillo Drive near 18 Mile and Millar Road between Utica and Garfield roads.
The road was also closed at 21 Mile between Romeo Plank and Card roads.
The danger for flash flooding extends throughout the entire southern Great Lakes and the central Appalachians with heavy rain ongoing and expected to continue, the National Weather Service said.