- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

ALGONAC, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. and Canadian coast guards have each deployed icebreaking ships to the St. Clair River northeast of Detroit to break up ice jams contributing to flooding in the area.

A Canadian icebreaker worked in the area past nightfall Tuesday and a U.S. ship was set to resume operations Wednesday morning, a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard said.

A flood warning for the area expired Wednesday morning but not before causing some significant flooding in and around Marine City and East China Township, the National Weather Service said.

“I’ve lived here for about 45 years now and the water is higher than I’ve ever seen it,” Bill Gratopp of Algonac, located 33 miles (54 kilometers) northeast of Detroit, told WDIV-TV.

Water levels observed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rose at least 18 inches (46 centimeters) over a day in Algonac.

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