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Heavy Rain Floods Stellantis’ Jefferson North Assembly Plant Shipping Yard:

Vehicles Submerged As They Await Shipping...

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.

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.

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.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Good thing FCA/Stellantis has/had aggressive Insurance.
One thing I do/ should post is the recent Ford/GM comments about chip shortage situation significantly improving in the Summer.
Stellantis and the others will and have prioritize models as well product builds.

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Good thing FCA/Stellantis has/had aggressive Insurance.
One thing I do/ should post is the recent Ford/GM comments about chip shortage situation significantly improving in the Summer.
Stellantis and the others will and have prioritize models as well product builds.

I doubt this will be paid for by insurance, unless Stellantis has a very opened ended insurance policy, and the premiums on those are extremely expensive.

Half the blame is on FCA for not having an emergency drainage mechanism for these plants for the water to go into the Detroit river, which is half mile south - the other half of the blame is with Detroit, which is notorious for having non-working/terrible sewers for rain events like this - incompetency and stupidity for this continue to happen.

This happened six or seven years ago, and nothing was fixed.

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sure hope my1320 isn't in that mess

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so maybe I can find a slightly damp 25" one for a run about.

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