Drivers pay $ 500 towing fee after massive flooding in metro Detroit
More than 48 hours after a historic flood, part of Interstate 94 remains underwater.
Local 4 spoke to drivers whose cars were stuck on the freeway, shocked at the money it was costing them to collect their cars.
“I feel like they want me to give them my car because I can’t pay to get it out,” said Leonard Shirley.
Drivers caught in the flood waters said tow yards were charging exorbitant amounts for their vehicles.
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“We saw seven people come here and pay an average of $ 550. You don’t get your car, ”Shirley said.
Towing companies under contract with Michigan State Police removed abandoned vehicles to clear area freeways. Frustrated drivers waited hours on Monday to try and retrieve their cars.
“It’s crazy, my car won’t start. It wasn’t even unlocking with the buttons, the power wasn’t working, ”Kayleigh Stabler said. “I have full coverage so I hope for something, anything.”
Many drivers found themselves stranded after more than two dozen pumps stopped working due to power outages. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has installed generators at some pumping stations, but the water on I-94 has nowhere to go.
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“The local streams hit a ridge, so we were pumping water from the roadway, but it was just coming back onto the highway,” said Diane Cross of MDOT.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the long-standing infrastructure issues that led to this need must be addressed.
“I think it is crucial that we approach the crisis but seek to understand precisely where there are opportunities and needs for change,” said Whitmer.
For owners struggling with water damage or drivers who can’t afford to recover their vehicle, changes can’t come soon enough.
“It’s just unfair that people like that get away with this,” Shirley said.
“It’s very stressful to have had a weekend full of anxiety,” Stabler said.
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