Storm brings up to 4.25 inches of rain to southeastern Michigan, flooding expressways

8/11/2014
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Flooding-Michigan

A stranded motorist sits on top his car as he awaits rescue from the flooded Southfield Freeway, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Dearborn, Mich. The Michigan State Police issued an advisory Monday evening, urging drivers to avoid non-essential use of all metro Detroit freeways after heavy rain and thunderstorms left roads flooded and impassable. Interstate 75 at I-94 in Detroit has been shut down in both directions, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Stranded motorists look over flooded vehicles earlier today in Dearborn, Mich.
Stranded motorists look over flooded vehicles earlier today in Dearborn, Mich.

TAYLOR, Mich. — A storm has dumped more than 4 inches of rain in parts of southeastern Michigan, flooding streets and highways and leading state police to urge drivers to stay off the interstate system in metropolitan Detroit.

The National Weather Service says 4.25 inches of rain fell Monday in the Detroit suburb of Taylor. It says 4 inches fell in Livonia and 3.75 inches in Dearborn.

WWJ-AM reports that flooding blocked Interstate 75 at several points Monday evening, as well as sections of I-94 and I-696.

The weather service says the Lower Rouge River was 1.86 feet above flood stage in the Detroit suburb of Inkster at 7:30 p.m. Monday.