Heavy rains pounded the City of Detroit and its surrounding areas on Friday night, bringing severe flooding to many parts of the area. People were forced to abandon their cars on several sections of I-75 and I-94, after trying to drive through the fast-rising waters. The storms continued to pour late into the night, leaving around 46,000 homes without power.
Among the heavily flooded areas was the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex. The Detroit Assembly Complex, which is made up of the new Mack Assembly Plant and the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP), was hammered with rain, causing a shipping yard at the Jefferson side of the complex to flood and submerge many new vehicles waiting to be shipped.
FLOODING: A viewer sent this video of flooding at the Stellantis plant 👀 and there are more videos and photos coming in.
If you see flooding, comment and let me know where! Send me your pics pic.twitter.com/eZ3WVqSjdi
— Jennifer Ann Wilson (@JennaWils) June 26, 2021
The JNAP part of the complex manufactures the award-winning 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WK2) and newly updated 2021 Dodge Durango (WD) sport utility vehicles. Several photos and videos from the lot were posted across social media and by local news affiliates (including WXYZ) showing several vehicles up to their rooflines underwater, many of them being Durangos.
The news comes as the semiconductor shortage seems to be hitting automakers hard in recent days. With many of the vehicles on the lot being flood-damaged, it’s sad to say that lots of the semiconductor chips used for these new damaged vehicles were wasted.
WATCH: @wxyzdetroit viewer sent us this footage of nearly submerged cars at the @Stellantis Jefferson North Assembly Plant @wxyzdetroit @HallyVogelWXYZ @JennaWils #MIWX #MIFlooding #MetroDetroit pic.twitter.com/58MuzZEs5p
— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) June 26, 2021
The Dodge brand recently announced that it was extending production by 1,000 units of it’s highly-anticipated 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat performance SUV. The Durango SRT Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever, delivering 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque from the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V8 engine. No word if any of the new limited edition models, were wrecked during the flooding.
After reaching out for comment, a representative for Stellantis said, “As a result of severe storms that came through Detroit on June 25th, many expressways, surface streets, and neighborhoods in the area experienced significant flooding, including the Jefferson North Assembly Plant and an adjacent shipping yard. Water from the plant is been removed and [the] second shift will resume at 4:30 p.m. An assessment is being conducted on the condition of vehicles in the yard.”
There was no word of flooding issues at the Mack facility, which is currently manufacturing the all-new three-row 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.