The Detroit Flood of June 2021

Detroit Flood by Camera Jesus On Friday night as much as 7″ of rain fell in the city of Detroit creating a truly nightmarish situation as the New York Times reports: Up to seven inches of rain fell early on Saturday in parts of Detroit and Wayne County, Mich., stranding hundreds of vehicles on flooded … Continue reading The Detroit Flood of June 2021

Midland Under Water: Record Flooding in May 2020

2020 Flooding in Midland by City of Midland “While the 1986 flood was a 100-year flood, what we’re looking at here is an event that is the equivalent of a 500-year flood. It’s something that is extremely rare, extremely catastrophic and quite dangerous.” – Midland City Manager Brad Kaye The Detroit Free Press reports that … Continue reading Midland Under Water: Record Flooding in May 2020

The Detroit Flood of 2014

Untitled, photo by Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division On Monday, the city of Detroit was hit with over 4.5″ of rain, the second highest one-day total following 4.7″ on July 31, 1925. The rain hit during the afternoon rush hour and submerged freeways and neighborhoods. There’s some photos and video from … Continue reading The Detroit Flood of 2014

Grand Rapids Flood of April 2013

Waterwindows, photo by Canon Screwdriver (gary syrba) This mLive article on the historic Grand River flooding in Grand Rapids explains that April 2013 is now the third wettest month on record for the city: Evan Webb with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids said 10.57 inches of rain had fallen in the city this month as … Continue reading Grand Rapids Flood of April 2013

Photos from the Grand Rapids Chalk Flood

FYI:FSU is in GR, photo by yoha_ahoy. The Grand Rapids Sidewalk Chalk Flood (view video) took place last Saturday. It featured hundreds of artists making the sidewalks a little brighter. Check out many more in Ellen’s Chalk Flood Downtown Grand Rapids, MI set (slideshow), Flickr’s Grand Rapids Chalk Flood slideshow and also in the Grand … Continue reading Photos from the Grand Rapids Chalk Flood

River Raisin Flood in Dundee

Untitled, photo by bohemianrobot. March means more sun, warmer temps and melting snow. All are pretty welcome, but after a winter with as much snow as we’ve had, they also bring a risk of flood. We do better job of controlling the waters now than we did in March of 1908, but we still see … Continue reading River Raisin Flood in Dundee

Union City history and the Flood of 1908

Union City 1908 Flood, photo from UC1960 This photo is one of hundreds of historical postcards from Union City, Michigan posted to a site called Footnote to which I was recently referred. The site has an interesting interface and is one of a growing number of sites that try to leverage the power of social … Continue reading Union City history and the Flood of 1908

Baby Blue and Storms

Baby Blue and Storms by Jamie MacDonald One of the defining factors of Summer 2021 in Michigan is a four letter word: rain. In addition to being one of our warmest summers on record, it’s also been one of the wettest as the Detroit News reports:  Flint notched its third wettest summer with 15.84 inches … Continue reading Baby Blue and Storms

Weird Wednesday: The Lake Leelanau Monster

Boathouse on Leelanau by Francois Back in the day, I used to feature excerpts by Linda S. Godfrey from the definitive book of Michigan mysteries: Weird Michigan.  One of my favorites (and a good story for when you’re floating around this weekend) is the tale of the Lake Leelanau Monster: The story of an early … Continue reading Weird Wednesday: The Lake Leelanau Monster