As of Thursday afternoon, southbound and northbound Telegraph Road at Michigan Avenue has been shut down due to flooding, causing miles-long backups in west Dearborn along Telegraph, as well delays at Cherry Hill and Gulley.
Calls to the Michigan Department of Transportation about the length of time it will take to clear the water from the road were not immediately returned.
While most areas of Dearborn were spared from major flooding from Wednesday's heavy rain, areas bordering the Rouge River were mostly flooded, including the Combined Sewer Overflow site at Military Road, the , the Henry Ford Estate and .
By Thursday afternoon, water levels in the parking lot of Dearborn Hills had reached several feet, and Telegraph had been blocked off with traffic rerouted onto Michigan. Both exits from Michigan onto southbound Telegraph were also closed.
With another 1-2 inches of rain expected Thursday evening according to the National Weather Service, crews at the golf course said that it may be up to a week before the water subsides from their lot.
A flood warning remains in effect for most areas of the Rouge River into Thursday afternoon. More thunderstorms are also possible, the worst of which are expected to hit south of I-94.
The Rouge River runs the length of the course, which sits in a valley just west of Telegraph Road and north of Michigan Avenue. By Thursday morning, water was spilling out of the river and had completely engulfed the parking lot, where several people in rain boots stopped by to play in the water. Course workers reported that it was the worst flooding they had seen at Dearborn Hills since 1996, although the area is prone to overflow from the river.
At Ford Field, residents stopped and gawked from Cherry Hill at the bottom of the hill, which had turned into a small lake due to Rouge flooding. Geese used the area as a makeshift swimming pool, while the tops of picnic tables stuck out of the water like little buoys.