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Several freeways are still closed due to Monday's severe flooding.

Crews are working around the clock, including at I-696 and I-75 which is the busiest area in the state according to MDOT.

MDOT is working on a failed pump station at that location Tuesday night in an effort to remove the water from the highway.

The question remains, even when all the water is gone, are roads safe enough to drive on.

Overworked pump systems, swollen rivers and creeks kicked water back to the roads making for dangerous commutes.

"We have five major freeways that are being affected," said MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross. "It's all central in the middle of metro Detroit.
"We don't have a detour to send people on so that's not effective."

There is flooding on parts of I-75, I-696, I-94, M10 and M39.

Road erosion, effects on bridge supports and overpasses and if they're affected are all unanswered questions at this early point, Cross said.

Stranded cars and water can still be seen at I-75 and I-696 Tuesday night.

MDOT wants motorists to keep in mind that there is a risk when driving through deep water and not knowing what is underneath. It may not be worth the gamble of a few minutes saved with a shortcut.

More information can be found at michigan.gov/drive or on Twitter @MDOT_MetroDet.

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