Af­ter ice and rain, cold lingers through­out re­gion

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Many in the re­gion awoke Mon­day to cold tem­per­a­tures and the af­ter-ef­fects of week­end freez­ing rain and power out­ages.

Brandin Krstevski woke up 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.

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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 power 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 to the weather ser­vice.

About 165,000 DTE cus­tomers re­mained with­out power Mon­day evening.

“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 more than 110 cus­tomers with­out power Mon­day.

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David Gu­ral­nick / The Detroit News

Brandin Krstevski, left, and Gavin Riffo nav­i­gate a flooded sec­tion of Nel­son Drive in French­town Town­ship on Mon­day af­ter the Mon­roe County com­mu­nity flooded.

Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

A flooded back­yard near Bloom­field Drive and San Quentin Drive in Lathrup Vil­lage Mon­day morn­ing af­ter Sun­day’s rain and ice storm.

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