Mayor: Woman dies after being stranded in floods

By the Associated Press | August 12, 2014 | 9:04 AM EDT

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)

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit mayor says a woman has died in a vehicle that was stranded in about 3 feet of water after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in southeastern Michigan.

Warren Mayor James Fouts told WWJ-AM Tuesday that the woman apparently died of cardiac arrest. It was not clear when she died.

Numerous roads have been closed by flooding in the Detroit suburb where 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. Fouts says roughly 1,000 vehicles are abandoned in the city.

The Associated Press left a message for Fouts, who has described the flooding as "overwhelming" and "catastrophic."

A storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain in southeastern Michigan overnight, making several roads and highways impassable. The state warned commuters against taking to the roads Tuesday morning in affected areas.