Flooding along Lake St. Clair in Michigan follows heavy rain

May 3, 2019
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Dearborn Heights firefighters rescue members of the Clifton family from their flooded home along Currier Street in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Overnight rain across the Detroit area lefts scores of basements flooded and made some local streets impassable. Some vehicles had to be towed from the water. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — People are using sandbags to hold back floodwaters along Lake St. Clair in southeastern Michigan following this week’s heavy rainfall.

High water levels and some flooding were reported Friday along the lake in Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties. Flood warnings from the National Weather Service mostly expired, but they were in effect along the River Raisin in Monroe County.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday night announced a state of emergency in Wayne County, making state resources available to help.

Whitmer acted after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans said about 3,000 homes in the county including Detroit were damaged.

The flooding came after the weather service said about 3.6 inches (9.1 centimeters) of rain fell from Tuesday evening until early Wednesday, and more fell later.