Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures in Metro Detroit

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Residents kayak on flooded Powers Street in Dearborn Heights on Saturday, Jan. 11. Photo//WDIV Local 4

Above-average temperatures caused heavy precipitation in Metro Detroit over the weekend, with some areas getting upwards of four inches of rain.

The rain started Friday and worsened overnight with hail falling in some areas and heavy fog creating visibility issues.

While the average temperature in Metro Detroit was a staggering 54 degrees on Saturday, it teetered on freezing Saturday night, creating iced-over streets. 

Many areas flooded and caused traffic backups and road closures. Southfield Freeway at Outer Drive was closed in both directions Saturday night and parts of Hines Drive were still dealing with flooding at the time of this publication.

Some residents made the most of the rainfall, traveling the side streets in kayaks and canoes. 

On Saturday, an elderly man had to be rescued from his vehicle after high flood waters trapped him on Hines Drive, according to wxyz.com. There is no word on injuries at this time.

Car stuck in flood waters on Hines Drive. Photo//wxyz.com

Almost 5,000 homes lost power due to the storms. As of Jan. 13, that number had dropped to about 1,700.

Metro Detroit residents can expect some more rain and snow this weekend, according to local news outlets.