Flash floods in Michigan rips apart roads
Water destroy streets and sidewalks in Houghton, Mich.
Northern Michigan saw devastating flooding at the weekend that washed out roads and left behind dozens of sinkholes.
Some areas of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula saw up to seven inches of rain as the strong storms hit the state, particularly the Keweenaw Peninsula. More than 60 road washouts and sinkholes were reported by Monday morning, according to WLUC-TV.
The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency in parts of Houghton County Sunday.
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“This is a pretty wild experience that we have here,” Tom Cowell of Chassell told the news station. “We have quite a lot of the rain from last night. Most of us can’t even get home. Roads have collapsed. Bridged collapsed. The roads are covered with water.”
In Houghton, saved a 12-year-old child who was locked in a basement due to the flooding early Sunday morning, WLUC reported. First responders and the father dug for the young child out of the collapsed basement, and administered CPR. If the roads were washed away, a neighbor’s boat was used to help transport the child to a dock, and the 12-year-old was eventually air lifted to a hospital.
The weekend storms also caused what is known as a meteotsunami in Lake Michigan in Traverse City, which is south of the Upper Peninsula, WZZM-TV reported. A meteotsunami is a large wave that is caused by storms, according to the National Ocean Service.
Michigan Technological University in Houghton remained closed Monday because of the flooding and asked people not to come to the campus.
In some places, Michiganders were using boats to travel instead of cars, according to MLive.com.
Weekend storms also brought extreme flooding to the northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, washing roads, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.