Detroit Deluge: Woman, 100, Found Dead in Flooded Cellar
Woman's 72-year-old daughter found her body after record rainfall in Detroit area
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
A Michigan State Police officer pilots a boat at the flooded Interstate 75 and I-696 interchange in Hazel Park, Mich., on Aug. 12, 2014, after heavy rains Monday flooded many roadways in the Detroit area.   (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza)

(Newser) – Record rainfall in the Detroit area has stranded at least 1,000 cars, caused local automakers to delay production, and is now linked to a second death. A 72-year-old woman found her elderly mother's body floating in the flooded basement of the older woman's Warren condo when she went to check on her, reports the AP. Police say it looks like Julia Sarno, 100, drowned after she either suffered a heart attack or perhaps fell while monitoring water levels in her basement, notes CBS Detroit. Another woman died—apparently of cardiac arrest—after she was pulled earlier this week from her water-stranded car in suburban Detroit.

Monday's 4.57-inch downpour, which resulted in what Warren's mayor tells the AP "is going to go down as the great flood of 2014," was Detroit's second-largest rainfall ever recorded in a single day—the record that stands at 4.74 inches was set in 1925, according to the National Weather Service's Detroit office. As Sarno's neighbors mourn the woman described as "much younger than her years," one neighbor tells CBS Detroit that he's irate at the lack of the city's preparedness. "They should have had the sewer system better prepared, the city should have been better prepared for the storm—but they were not prepared at all," he says.

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IronmanREV3
Aug 13, 2014 12:08 PM CDT
People of the United States of America, Why was a 100 year old woman living alone and unsupervised, 100 people,get it, she should not have been alone, lousy way to die after making it to 100 and I bet she could have lived longer if it wasn't for this, its just astounding, and don't give me that free will independence crap.Someone she have been looking after this women,this kind of thing really,really,really pisses me off!
Yourself
Aug 13, 2014 11:30 AM CDT
""They should have had the sewer system better prepared, the city should have been better prepared for the storm—but they were not prepared at all," he says." i'll take a small bet that a city as broke as Detroit hasn't exactly been pumping their money into "sewer maintenance and cleanliness programs" Just a hunch that they had bigger things to invest in first seeing as this kind of rain hasn't happened since 1925.. NINETEEN TWENTY FIVE!!!!! Yeah, they had bigger priorities then sewers that had for the last 89 years been doing a plenty decent job! Ignorance is bliss apparently.
pg13
Aug 13, 2014 11:26 AM CDT
"one neighbor tells CBS Detroit that he's irate at the lack of the city's preparedness." I'm shocked the city's sewers aren't already completely clogged and populated by mole people.