I-96 Floods

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A massive water-main break shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 96 in Livonia this afternoon, swamping at least five cars.

Stranded motorists scrambled onto the tops of their vehicles to escape the water, which was up to four feet deep in places.

George Ellenwood is a spokesman for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which operates the system. He says the rupture occurred shortly after noon in a 48-inch main on the freeway's service drive, which is above the sunken freeway. It was unclear what caused the break.

Officials say the water supply has been shut off, and all of the motorists were rescued from their flooded cars.

The same main ruptured in 2003.

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