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Wet weather creates problems in Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(08/10/12) - Heavy rain caused flooding, accidents and downed power lines across Mid-Michigan Friday afternoon.

The problems started in Flint, when I-475, just north of where it connects with I-69, was shut down due to flooding. The freeway has since re-opened.

Wet roads also left a semi in a Flint Township ditch after it jack-knifed. The truck was on 69 where it merges with 75. The mess caused a slight traffic back up. No injuries have been reported.

In Saginaw Township, a tree fell onto Wiess between Center and Weineke, taking down some wires. The road was blocked while consumers energy and crews removed the tree. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

The worst of the flooding seems to be in Saginaw and Bay Counties.

Tree limbs are down and water continues to rise in several parts of Saginaw County.

Katy Schartow won't be going anywhere anytime soon. She's stranded here because her car won't start. She fears that the heavy flooding could make her situation even worse.

"We called the Toyota dealer and they said it will be Monday until they can help us. It's going to be a long weekend," Schartow said.

Saginaw County 911 director Tom McIntyre says the northern part of the county is experiencing the heaviest rain. He's more concerned about what will happen after the wet weather.

"We have some concerns about flooding," McIntyre said. "What I call 'localize' because the basins.You can't get the leaves. It's going to be in the next day or two. It's going to be in your yard and you see it along the roadway and it's got to go in the ditch and then the ditches are going to fill up."

In the meantime, McIntyre is warning drivers to slow down.

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