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Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Ann Arbor's flood-causing storms summarized in 10 short videos

By Kyle Mattson



Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 5:13 p.m.

You guys are just no fun! Lighten up, childhood cannot be THAT far is short , PLAY, Get dirty, float.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 4:18 p.m.

Please, city council, make spending our limited funds on upgrading our inadequate sewer system a top priority! Glad that it is fun for some of us, but it is a very unfortunate circumstance for those whose homes were flooded.

Ann English

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 : 12:31 a.m.

Brad, You just reminded me of the 1968 flooding of the apartments off Maiden Lane; and the park behind them got flooded again, within the past three years.

Kyle Mattson

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 2:42 a.m.

Correct Brad. From Kyle Feldscher's story this morning: "Dennis Kahlbaum, a U-M weather observer, said the record rainfall for one day is 4.54 inches, which came on Aug. 6, 1998. However, Thursday's rain fall was still historic. "Based on the hourly rainfall rates, yesterday's storms were approximately a 50-year event, with some areas approaching a 100-year event," Kahlbaum said. A 50-year event means there is a 1 in 50 chance of a storm of that magnitude happening in a calendar year."


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 11:13 p.m.

Update - one of the weather people called it a "50 year event" so I guess it was more unusual than I was originally thinking.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 4:45 p.m.

I've never seen that kind of flooding here and I've lived here a while.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 2:36 p.m.

So who was playing at the Ark ?

Kyle Mattson

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 2:43 a.m.

Ba Dum Chi


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 2:02 p.m.

Is this some college students flickr account or a professional news site?

Kyle Mattson

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 2:45 a.m.

Hi Ron- We had multiple stories on the rainfall the past two days beyond this one. Here's one that may have some of the information you're looking for:

Ron Oblander

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 7:21 p.m.

I agree. Couldn't they even be bothered to get a little information about the storm? How about how many inches of rain fell per hour to cause this flooding?

Paula Gardner

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

We liked the visuals to supplement the traditional reporting. It's our most-read story of the day and in the top 10 for the month - so it seems like many readers wanted to see it. Send me your feedback, though, if you like:

Dr. Fate

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 2:41 p.m.

It's the New Media. Eyes everywhere. Better than the old days, when photogs had to GET TO DA CHOPPA!

Nicholas Urfe

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 1:36 p.m.

Forget the Cholera, I'd worry more about those fish with barbs that like to swim up.. up tiny holes!


Sun, Jun 30, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.


Ann English

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 : 12:27 a.m.

You mean up one's PORES? I've heard of skinny dipping prohibitions off Florida's Atlantic coast being lifted, because some tiny sea creatures had a tendency to get into swimwear, get under it, and be carried along by the swimmer, causing wounds wherever they attack one's skin; held in place by one's clothing. Did you read about the below-ground swimming pool owner in New Jersey who discovered FISH in his swimming pool this spring, when he uncovered his pool? Not piranhas, fortunately. Hurricane Sandy somehow brought them into his pool.

Alan Goldsmith

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 12:52 p.m.

Failed infrastructure, another side of The Mayor's Pure Ann Arbor. And during the rainstorm, the City Water Fountain Art sculture was as dry as the Sahara.

mike gatti

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 9:36 p.m.

you are right. I hate when I try to be a smarty pants and screw it up


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Sure you don't mean half empty. Not that there's any difference in actual water volume.

mike gatti

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 2:46 p.m.

in a town drenched, even overflowing with water yesterday, some people's glass remained half full.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 12:31 p.m.

pedestrians run amuck... give them all jaywalking tickets. ;)


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 1:28 p.m.

Maybe there's such a thing as Jayfloating?


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Is there such a thing as jayboating?


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

Growing up in Detroit, when the street flooded we would go out and play in the filthy water. I can still hear my mom yelling from the front porch, "Get out of that water. You'll get typhoid."

Dirty Mouth

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 12:01 p.m.

So glad I live on a higher ground (figuratively and literally).


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 11:07 a.m.

And all the kids who got "Love In The Time Of Cholera" on their summer reading list are just as happy as a thriving colony of pathogenic cells in a rich agar broth.

Bob Zuruncol

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 12:18 p.m.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

David Martel

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 10:59 a.m.

And the the guy, on the raft, in the yellow bathing suit dropped his phone. The party was over. Bummer.

Elaine F. Owsley

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 10:38 a.m.

Except for the traffic and the probably very dirty water, it looks like fun.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.

The one takes a shower and there ya go - all clean, fun had