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(WJBK) -

All the freeways are now open - and what a difference a day can make.

On Tuesday many freeways in the metro area were still dealing with flood water from Monday's pummeling rainfall.

All of the water from all the freeways are now gone.

The good news is the cleanup on the Southfield freeway, but it's a different story just to the east on Outer Drive which is still under water.

At the Southeast Michigan Transportation Operations Center even MDOT is surprised at how fast the water was cleared.

Cars, human waste, and all kinds of debris.

"We had almost 14 feet of water on I-75 at 696," said MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross. "At Southfield near I-94 we had again, almost 14 feet of water."

Power outages at pump stations will be reviewed at after-action meetings, Cross said.

"We did struggle with some pump station issues, but you need to realize that we had that perfect storm on five freeways.

Cross said that there was surprisingly few structural problems on the freeways once the water was cleared although some extra potholes "have popped up" and in a couple instances, a little erosion.

MDOT is thanking its employees, its contractors, tow truck drivers, law enforcement and all those working non-stop to get traffic moving once again.

People are dealing with all the loss, some terrible conditions," Cross said. "But for our freeway system, we have been very lucky."

At some spots there is still a lot of work to do Stevenson along southbound I-75 and Outer Drive, which is still under water right by I-94.




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