Downpour floods Farmington area roads, library

A heavy thunderstorm passed through the Farmington area Monday afternoon with a torrential downpour that overwhelmed storm sewers and left basements and streets flooded.

As much as four inches of rain was expected to fall across metro Detroit throughout Monday evening. A flood advisory remained in effect until 8:30 p.m., with a flash flood advisory in place until 9:45 p.m. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm closed portions of I-696, M-10 and the Southfield freeway.

Mayfield Road flooding
Photo courtesy Nicole Rottet. The red figure on the right is a man standing in waist-deep water on Mayfield. 

Local motorists reported bumper-high water on many streets, including Orchard Lake Road between 11 and 12 Mile Roads, Eight Mile and Farmington Road, Shiawassee Street near Shiawassee Park, Gill Road near Freedom, and this area of 10 Mile Road between Power and Raphael:

10 Mile Road flooding
Photo courtesy Jamie Shelly

The Farmington Community Library notified Facebook fans that the children’s area in the Farmington branch’s lower level closed late Monday and will remain closed on Tuesday due to heavy rains.

Farmington Voice readers shared more images and video in comments on this Facebook post:

The NWS forecast indicates additional rain is possible on Tuesday, with skies clearing Wednesday through Friday.

This is a developing story.