Flash floods amid storms affect travel in parts of Michigan

Posted at 9:35 AM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 10:22:09-04

Flash flooding amid severe thunderstorms and heavy rains is affecting travel in parts of Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says water covered part of Interstate 475 in Genesee County, near Flint, on Thursday morning. Other portions of the freeway had water over them as well, but authorities say that traffic was getting through.

Storms Tuesday night and Wednesday caused scattered power outages for thousands of homes and businesses in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. More storms moved through on Thursday.

The heavy rains come as parts of mid-Michigan still are dealing with the effects of flooding in June. Four counties declared states of emergency after those floods to ensure they're eligible for state and federal relief funds. They are Isabella, Midland, Bay and Gladwin counties.