Roads Washed Away in Flash Flooding on Sugar Island

Record Rainfall and Flash Flooding in Chippewa County

Thunderstorms dumped a considerable amount of rain on much of eastern Upper Michigan on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.  Sault Ste Marie had set a new rainfall record for the 9th of September with a daily rainfall of 2.56 inches at Sanderson Field!  Much heavier rain fell just east of The Soo, with doppler radar rainfall estimates of 5+ inches falling mainly between 8 pm and 1 am.

A "Flash Flood Warning" was issued by the National Weather Service in Gaylord just prior to midnight for Chippewa county, with the biggest concern being for Sugar Island.  By 3 am...Chippewa County Emergency Management contacted the NWS to report two sections of roads washed out in the northern portion of Sugar Island.  West Shore Drive between Seppi Road and 1 1/2 Mile Road...and 1 1/2 Mile Road between West Shore Drive and Brasser Road were both closed and impassible due to the wash-outs.



Thanks to a Sugar Island Facebook Page for the photos:



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