Stellantis shipping yard flooded in Detroit, Jeep and Ford production disrupted

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Detroit Free Press 26 June, 2021 - 08:44pm 42 views

Why is Detroit flooding?

The Detroit area accounts for 140 of the state's 166 pump stations, according to state transportation department statistics. "Some of the flooding is due to debris being washed down into the freeway," Cross said, adding that it often occurs in the "lowest location where water and debris accumulates." The Detroit NewsDozens of freeway pump outages help fuel flooding in Metro Detroit

A flooded shipping yard near the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit is filled with new vehicles, including what appear to be Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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Fiat Chrysler will convert its Mack Avenue Engine factory into an assembly plant. The plant will build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new, large Jeep SUV. Wochit

A flooded shipping yard near the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit is filled with what appear to be new Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles.  

Photos posted by Jeep owners on social media spotlighted dozens of submerged vehicles with water over their windshields. While the vehicles look like Jeep Grand Cherokees, the company was unable to confirm on Saturday night the actual makes and models of the vehicles as they were under water.

"The pictures are of a shipping yard near the JNAP plant, which was also impacted by the severe weather," Stellantis told the Free Press on Saturday.

The flooded site is a central shipping yard where vehicles are held in the lot as they await transport to dealers around the country, Stellantis said.

Vehicles of all kinds are temporarily stored in the area, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Dodge Durango, minivans, Chargers, Challengers and trucks, Stellantis said. This is a waiting point prior to being picked up to go on trains.

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The Auburn Hills automaker declined to specify how many vehicles were affected, what would happen with those vehicles or whether more than one storage site was impacted.

"An assessment will be conducted on the condition of vehicles in the yard. We have no additional information to share at this time," Stellantis told the Free Press.

Jefferson North Assembly Plant, known as JNAP, sits at 2101 Conner Ave., nearly 6 miles from the Renaissance Center and 2 miles from Grosse Pointe Park. 

 The plant builds both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, Stellantis confirmed. The much-praised Jeep Grand Cherokee L is built nearby at the Mack Assembly Plant, 4000 St. Jean Ave.

Unlike Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, Stellantis has said it is not building and holding these vehicles due to the semiconductor chip shortage.

Stellantis UAW members in Detroit lost work hours because of the weather disaster.

"As a result of the severe storms experienced in Detroit on June 25, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant experienced significant flooding," Stellantis said in a prepared statement. "First shift did not run as employees were not able to get to the plant due to local road closures. Water in the plant has been removed and second shift is expected to begin at 4:30 p.m."

The Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the bestselling Ford F-150, was down on Saturday as a result of extreme flooding in the area, Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Free Press. "They are still shipping but employees had trouble getting in due to the flooded area."

Meanwhile, Ford cut production of the all-new Ford Bronco at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne late Friday. A roof leak forced the line to shut down an hour early. The company confirmed late Saturday it's on track to make up that lost time in the coming days.

Ford said it has more than 125,000 Bronco orders to fill. The Dearborn automaker began shipping the week of June 14.

Meanwhile, GM reported no impact from the flooding, spokesman David Barnas told the Free Press late Saturday. However, he did say colleagues living in Detroit and Grosse Pointe were busy dealing with flood-damaged basements.

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AT&T service restored in Detroit, company says

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Service was down earlier Saturday as flooding impacted much of Metro Detroit.

The company said its teams are working to restore and repair its other services.

Stay with Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit for more updates.

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Check out these photos of major flooding across Metro Detroit

WDIV ClickOnDetroit 26 June, 2021 - 04:28pm

Metro Detroit storm aftermath: What to know about flooding, power outages, upcoming forecast

If you have pictures of flooding, you can submit them by clicking here or emailing them to clickondetroit@wdiv.com.

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Check out the ones we’ve received so far:

These three are from D’Arcy in Livonia:

These are from Lauren in Grosse Pointe Farms:

Tamara sent us a photo of this semi truck on a flooded Belleville Road:

This shows some of the flooding in Westland:

Mark sent along a pictures of the scene in his Metro Detroit neighborhood:

Chloe shared this picture from Dearborn Heights:

This picture of a flooded street in Grosse Pointe is from Jennifer on Facebook:

This is from Mary on Fenton Avenue in Redford Township:

Janette on Facebook sent us this photo of flooding at John Kronk Street at Central Avenue in Detroit:

This car is nearly underwater on Inglis Street in Detroit:

Michelle sent this photo in from Rochester Hills:

Caryn sent a photo of her flooded street on Facebook:

Whitcomb Street flooded overnight between Ellis Street and Westfield Avenue in Detroit -- this photo is from Jack:

This Dearborn park is flooded in a picture sent in by Dan:

Elizabeth shared a picture of a completely flooded Michigan Avenue and Haggerty Road intersection:

There’s flooding near East Hamlin and John R roads in Rochester Hills, as shown in this photo from Amanda:

Victoria shared this photo from Bloomfield Hills:

Here are some of the photos and videos we received on Twitter:

My street this morning pic.twitter.com/3P2CFJONLZ

Lake front property and one from ecorse creek in Dearborn hts pic.twitter.com/PkI4J5Rnpz

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Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.

Michigan cities with the most rainfall

The Detroit News 26 June, 2021 - 03:54pm

More than 6 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours and another 1 to 2 inches are expected overnight as storms trench southeast Michigan this weekend.

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More than 6 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours and another 1 to 2 inches are expected overnight as storms trench southeast in Michigan this weekend.

The National Weather Service in White Lake Township said 4 to 6.5 inches of rain were widespread from Detroit to Ann Arbor overnight.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Wayne County, and Detroit is seeking federal disaster assistance after major flooding in Metro Detroit.

Dearborn city officials said at Saturday's 4:30 p.m. press conference the city was drenched with more than 7.5 inches of rainfall; however, the National Weather Service said the city wasn't included in their top list because the last update the weather service received was 2.4 inches at 8 a.m.

Garden City and Grosse Pointe received the most rainfall with 6.5 inches, according to the weather service. Here's a full list of cities with the most rainfall accumulation, as of noon when the weather subsided:

► More: Whitmer declares state of emergency for Wayne County; Detroit seeks federal assistance after major flooding

At 4 p.m. Saturday, 38,000 homes were without power, including nearly 32,600 DTE customers. About 261 crews are out in the field tending to pockets of Sterling Heights, Madison Heights, Detroit, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills and Livonia, where more than 2,500 homes in each city are without power.

Additionally, 5,600 Consumers Energy customers were without power with more than 140 homes affected. Crews are out near Bangor, Hamlin Township, Lawrence Township, Sturgis, and Midland.

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Vehicles stuck on flooded Detroit freeways after torrential downpour

Yahoo News 26 June, 2021 - 03:47pm

Photos and videos posted to social media showed dozens of vehicles stuck in high waters after the torrential rain flooded streets.

In several images shared on Facebook, a semitruck and other cars were stranded on the roadway. A photo posted on Twitter showed water almost up to the windows of an abandoned car on a freeway near Trumbull Avenue.

"Hard to believe I can just walk out on the freeway," the person who shared the photo wrote in a tweet.

Gary Brown, the director of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department, warned drivers not to travel down flooded streets.

"The intensity of these storms exceeded the design standards for pump stations and combined sewer overflow facilities serving the Detroit region," Brown said at a press conference on Saturday.

There was so much rain that there was nowhere for the water to go, he explained, other than flooding streets and basements.

Brown estimated that hundreds, maybe thousands, of residents are experiencing flooding in their basements and sewer backups.

"Severe weather is expected across southeast Michigan throughout the weekend," DTE Energy said on its website, adding that more than 32,000 customers were without power as of Saturday afternoon.

Between one inch and two inches of rain may fall in spots before Saturday ends, according to NBC affiliate WDIV of Detroit.

"DTE damage assessors and crews have been dispatched and will be working around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible," the utility said.

On Saturday afternoon, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Wayne County because of the flooding.

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AT&T customers across metro Detroit report service outages after flooding

Detroit Free Press 26 June, 2021 - 11:17am

AT&T customers across metro Detroit are reporting service outages Saturday afternoon.

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AT&T customers across metro Detroit reported service problems Saturday. 

Service has been impacted by flooding in the area, according to an AT&T spokesperson.

"Service for customers in the Detroit area may be affected by flooding after recent heavy rainfall," the company said. "Our teams are on site and working as quickly as possible to restore service"

Downdetector, which monitors service problems and outages, shows metro Detroit as a hotspot for issues.

Commenters on the Downdetector site are reporting wireless service outages all across the region.

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