In Flooded Detroit, Driver Killed in 3 Feet of Water

1K vehicles abandoned in suburban area: mayor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2014 11:22 AM CDT
A car carrier is stranded along a flooded stretch of I-696 at the Warren, Mich., city limits Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)
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(Newser) – The Detroit area has been pounded with rain, with more than 6 inches hitting some parts of the region—and the onslaught has now been linked to a death. A woman is thought to have suffered cardiac arrest as her car battled 3 feet of water, the AP reports. Another driver was hurt in 5 feet of water; elsewhere, the water was up to 14 feet deep, the Detroit News notes.

No one has been reported missing, but dive teams are searching for any stranded people. The suburb of Warren has seen particularly bad conditions; its mayor says some 1,000 vehicles have been left behind in the water. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says his team is taking "a dramatic series of actions" to address the flooding, as state troopers help grapple with the mess. About a quarter of an inch more rain is expected today. (Read more Detroit stories.)

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