Many in the region awoke Monday to cold temperatures and the after-effects of weekend freezing rain and power outages.
Brandin Krstevski woke up to about 3-and-a-half feet of flooding and a canoe.
The flooding was from Lake Erie breaching its banks, the result of an east wind sweeping over the water, leaving waves crashing onto shore and tunneling through the canals of Frenchtown Township’s Stony Point Peninsula, then onto streets and lawns.
The canoe was to help those “who needed to get to where they need to be,” Krstevski said.
“I’ve lived here 19 years and have never seen anything like this,” he said. “Looks like a river.”
The “river” is retreating, he said, but not before he’s had to buy two more pumps to clear out his basement.
That’s the scenario that played out Monday after the region was hit by an unusual storm. On Tuesday, after overnight temperatures drop below freezing, there is a chance, said National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Manion, that southeast Michigan will see snow on the ground.
That white stuff should melt Tuesday, as the high could reach 41. Tuesday’s low is expected to be 30, according to the weather service. Temperatures the rest of the week hover between 47 and 49 for highs.
Meanwhile, Metro Detroiters hit by weekend outages were waiting for power to be restored.
The region has been “locked in a very stable pattern,” Manion said, pulling in colder air. That pattern could break up toward the end of the week, and temperatures next week might reflect springlike temperatures.
Average temperatures are about 60 degrees, according to the weather service.
About 165,000 DTE customers remained without power Monday afternoon.
“DTE expects 90 percent of customers impacted by the recent weather event will have power restored by end of day Tuesday,” the utility company said.
DTE said it had 1,000 crews in the field and has 400 more out-of-state crews helping.
Consumers Energy had 119 customers without power Monday.