Troy firefighters rescue stranded motorists
By Terry Oparka
August 12, 2014
Troy firefighters rescued numerous motorists stranded in their vehicles after 5 inches of rain flooded roadways in the early evening hours Aug. 11.
According to reports, motorists were stranded primarily in the southeast part of the city, near 14 Mile, Dequindre, Maple, John R and Stephenson.
Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said in a prepared statement that the exact number of stranded motorists was not known, as reports had not been completed at press time.
Firefighters also checked on motorists stranded at Crooks and Wattles due to flooding on Wattles.
Roberts said there were no injuries.
Firefighters also responded to reports of flooded basements and related electrical hazards in the 14 Mile and Stephenson area. Roberts said no fires were caused from the electrical hazards.
Roberts said that Alliance Mobile Health paramedics, the city’s emergency medical provider, had to hitch a ride through flooded streets with Troy firefighters to respond to a medical emergency, although no additional details of the incident were available.
During the approximately 10 hours of rain, Roberts said, firefighters responded to 32 flood-related incidents in the five-hour span from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
About the author
Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.
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