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In a photo provided by the Michigan State Police, a diver with the department's Underwater Recovery Unit inspects a vehicle, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, submerged on a Detroit area freeway a day after heavy of rain. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
A stranded motorist sits on top his car as he awaits rescue from the flooded Southfield Freeway, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Dearborn, Mich. The Michigan State Police issued an advisory Monday evening, urging drivers to avoid non-essential use of all metro Detroit freeways after heavy rain and thunderstorms left roads flooded and impassable. Interstate 75 at I-94 in Detroit has been shut down in both directions, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 75 in Hazel Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
This aerial photo provided by Michigan State Police shows flooded interstate 696, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, a day after several inches of rain fell in the Detroit area. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 75 in Hazel Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 75 in Hazel Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Water floods the intersection of Interstates 75 and 696 in Hazel Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Water floods the intersection of Interstates 75 and 696 in Hazel Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
ROYAL OAK, MI - AUGUST 12 : A vehicle sits submerged in water along I-75 August 12, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Severe rain from yesterday's storm flooded local streets, highways, and homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area experiencing the worst flash flooding in decades. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ROYAL OAK, MI - AUGUST 12 : A vehicle sits submerged in water along I-75 August 12, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Severe rain from yesterday's storm flooded local streets, highways, and homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area experiencing the worst flash flooding in decades. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ROYAL OAK, MI - AUGUST 12 : A vehicle sits submerged in water along I-75 August 12, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Severe rain from yesterday's storm flooded local streets, highways, and homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area experiencing the worst flash flooding in decades. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ROYAL OAK, MI - AUGUST 12 : Vehicles sit submerged in water along I-75 August 12, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Severe rain from yesterday's storm flooded local streets, highways, and homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area experiencing the worst flash flooding in decades. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Stranded motorists look over flooded vehicles, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Dearborn, Mich. The Michigan State Police issued an advisory Monday evening, urging drivers to avoid non-essential use of all metro Detroit freeways after heavy rain and thunderstorms left roads flooded and impassable. Interstate 75 at I-94 in Detroit has been shut down in both directions, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
HAZEL PARK, MI - AUGUST 12: Michigan State Police Officers check a flooded underpass along Interstate-75 and Interstate 696 for vehicles and victims August 12, 2014 in Hazel Park, Michigan. Sever rain from yesterday's storm flooded local streets, highways, and homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area experiencing the worst flash flooding in decades. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
HAZEL PARK, MI - AUGUST 12: Michigan State Police Officers check a flooded underpass by boat along Interstate-75 and Interstate 696 for vehicles and victims August 12, 2014 in Hazel Park, Michigan. Sever rain from yesterday's storm flooded local streets, highways, and homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area experiencing the worst flash flooding in decades. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 12: Motorists queue in floodwater on Detroit's I-75 overnight after heavy rainfall affected travel routes on August 12, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Four inches of rain deluged the city in a matter of hours and caused widespread flooding. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 12: Motorists queue in floodwater on Detroit's I-75 overnight after heavy rainfall affected travel routes on August 12, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Four inches of rain deluged the city in a matter of hours and caused widespread flooding. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by the Michigan State Police, a Michigan State Police trooper works with a propane safety expert to retrieve propane tanks from the Muskegon River in Osceola County, Mich., as part of flood-recovery efforts. As of Saturday, April 19, 2014, more than 40 tanks have been retrieved from the river. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
In this photo provided by Duane Parry, Michigan City Common Council President Duane Parry, left, and LaPorte County Surveyor Tony Hendricks dig a trench from Lake Henry to a storm water inlet in hopes of lowering the lake level in Michigan City, Ind. on May 11, 2014. Several residents near the city-owned lake are contributing wet basements to the overfilled drainage lake. (AP Photo/Provided by Duane Perry)
In this undated photo provided by the Michigan State Police, Trooper Rob Glentz of the Michigan State Police assists local officials and propane safety experts to safely retrieve propane tanks from the Muskegon River in Osceola County, Mich., as part of flood-recovery efforts. As of Saturday, April 19, 2014, more than 40 tanks have been retrieved from the river. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
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By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways.

The woman's daughter was concerned about her welfare and went to the home to check on her, said Warren Mayor James Fouts.

Fouts said the woman appears to have drowned. A cause of death was not immediately available, and Fouts did not release the woman's name.

Her death was the second blamed on storms that dumped 5.2 inches of rain on Warren on Monday. A 30-year-old woman suffered seizures and died after her vehicle became trapped in high water.

Roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed.

"This is going to go down as the great flood of 2014," Fouts said.

Fearing more drivers could become stranded after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some places in and around Detroit, the state warned commuters against driving in affected areas Tuesday morning.

Tiffany Gatewood said Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly plant near Warren sent her and other workers home early Monday night. On her way home, Gatewood's Jeep stalled on a flooded entrance ramp to Interstate 696 and she had to swim to safety.

"I've never seen anything like this," the 27-year-old said. "It's like the world is coming to an end."

Warren Fire Chief David Frederick said bystanders pulled a Sterling Heights woman from her car after seeing her suffer seizures. They carried her into a nearby business and called firefighters who waded through chest-deep water to get her to an emergency vehicle. She was pronounced dead at a hospital, Frederick said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson said the rainfall peaked in suburban Detroit at 6.25 inches. He said 4.57 inches fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, breaking the previous record for Aug. 11 at the airport of 2.06 inches in 1964.

"This was simply a record event of rain," Gov. Rick Snyder said.

"We just need to work through it," Snyder told reporters at Lansing's airport before boarding a state police helicopter to tour the affected areas.

Overcast to drizzly conditions were expected to clear overnight Tuesday, with sunshine over most of southern Michigan on Wednesday, the weather service said. It said three flooded rivers - the Lower Rouge at Inkster, the Rouge at Detroit and the Clinton at Clinton Township - were receding Tuesday night and expected to drop below flood stage soon.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano declared a state of emergency and said he asked Snyder to push for federal resources. A state of emergency declaration by Michigan allows a variety of resources to potentially be made available including support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ficano said in a release.

Fouts also declared a state of emergency for Warren.

"I spoke with Snyder and told him we were in need of help clearing roads of abandoned vehicles and basement flooding," Fouts said. "Now it's time for the state and federal government to give back what we've been giving. Right now, there are thousands of people in Warren who need help."

In the suburb of Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo was closed after heavy rains and flooding damaged facilities and equipment, including the Arctic Ring of Life exhibit that houses polar bears, seals and arctic foxes.

"All animals are secure and there are no concerns with animal welfare at this time," the zoo said in a statement.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said crews were crisscrossing the city to identify flooded streets that needed clearing after the rain overwhelmed the sewer systems.

Authorities closed portions of Interstates 75, 94, 696 and the Lodge and Southfield freeways Tuesday. Other roadways remained under water, while mud, debris and vehicles blocked traffic elsewhere. Motorists were stranded on flooded roads in the Flint area.

Michigan State Police troopers assisted other stranded motorists and towed abandoned vehicles. The state Department of Transportation assessed damage to roadways and used front-end loaders to clear mud from some freeways.

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Associated Press writers David Eggert in Lansing, and Corey Williams, David Runk and David N. Goodman in Detroit contributed to this report.


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