Residents use row boats to flee from flooding homes - WNEM TV 5

Residents use row boats to flee from flooding homes

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Firefighters in the Flint area used a boat to get people out of apartments and townhouses after floodwaters following heavy rains left people trapped in their homes.

Buildings were voluntary evacuated at Knollwood Apartments in Genesee County's Grand Blanc Township following the heavy rains Thursday and early Friday.

Some vehicles are almost fully submerged, basements are flooded and water came into the first floor of some buildings. It's not known when residents will be able to get back into their homes.

Right now about 1,300 customers in Genesee County are without power, with about many of those customers being in downtown Flint. Power restoration is hoped for by between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. About 800 customers are without power in Saginaw, and restoration time is also hoped to be completed by 10 p.m. At the height of the storm, 10,500 customers in Flint were without power.

The Genesee County Department of Human Services offices have closed for the rest of the day due to the power outages. The offices will reopen Monday. Many businesses on Corunna Road are also closed due to the lack of power.

Flooding caused problems for motorists, closing several roadways in the Detroit and Flint areas.

Nearly a dozen cars were stranded and northbound Interstate 75 was closed Friday morning in Genesee County's Flint Township, with up to 4 feet of water on the roadway.

A flash flood warning was issued for the Flint area.

TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak said that flooding concerns are high in Shiawassee and Genesee counties due to the excessive rainfall overnight. Estimated storm totals range from 4 to 6.5 inches of rain with the highest totals in and around Lennon, Swartz Creek, Flint Township and Grand Blanc.

The runoff from the heavy rain will flood small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as drainage areas and low lying spots. Never drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway.

Bodak says the remaining showers and thunderstorms will diminish this morning and cooler conditions and dry skies are on the way for Friday afternoon. Today expect more clouds than sun with highs reaching the low 70s. The weekend looks dry with temps in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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