Tuesday, 29 June 2021 12:03

Jeep, Ford Production Washed Out After Wicked Storms Rock Detroit

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com



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Late into the evening June 25, a line of severe thunderstorms pelted Michigan with torrential rain. Additional storms the following day led to more rain and at least one confirmed tornado.

More than 7 inches of rain fell in the Detroit area over a short timeframe, enough to overwhelm parts of the Motor City. General Motors apparently escaped unscathed, but the same can't be said for Ford and Jeep.


As the video above from WDIV shows, flooding remains a problem for parts of the region. A rather dramatic photo posted to Facebook by Marvin Johnson claims to show extreme flooding at a Jeep plant, later identified by the Detroit Free Press as a shipping yard near the Stellantis Jefferson North Assembly Plant, located on Detroit's northeast side. 


A Stellantis representative told the Detroit Free Press the plant, which assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, experienced significant flooding. Road closures also prevented workers from reaching the plant, causing first-shift production to be halted.


Additionally, 25 vehicles were damaged in flooding at the shipping yard, though investigations are ongoing and it's possible those vehicles could be scrapped.


A Stellantis representative confirmed to Motor1.com the shipping yard was clear of water and vehicle assessments were ongoing. Additionally, production resumed at the Jefferson North plant at 4:30 p.m. June 26.


Ford's hometown of Dearborn, MI, was one of the hardest-hit areas and production for both the F-150 and Bronco was affected. According to the report, F-150 production went down June 26 due to the flooding.


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