Rain causes road closures in Grand Blanc; flood warning issued for Genesee and Lapeer counties

GRAND BLANC, MI – According to Genesee County 911, a major intersection in Grand Blanc has been closed due to flooding.

South Saginaw Street at Center Road was closed around noon on Wednesday, July 10.

For safety reasons, the road below the bridge is closed.

The National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac has issued a flood warning for Genesee and Lapeer counties, effective from 12:10 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Related: Heavy rains drench Genesee County as remnants of Beryl move on

According to the warning, flooding occurred in these areas due to excessive rainfall.

“At 12:06 p.m. EDT, Doppler radar and automatic rain gauges indicated heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of Beryl,” the alert said.

In central Michigan, rainfall ranged from 2 to 5 inches, with local amounts exceeding 6 inches.

Burton received 5.49 inches of rainfall, followed by 4.40 inches in Davison as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake.

Shiawassee County received between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain, and Lapeer received 1.86 inches.

Up to another 1 inch of rain is expected to fall Wednesday afternoon, Schultz said.

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Places where flooding will occur include Flint, Davison, Burton, Mount Morris, Crossroads Village, Beecher, Genesee and Elba, according to the warning.

Residents are urged to turn back and avoid driving on flooded roads as most flood-related deaths occur in vehicles.