General Motors’ storage lots and assembly plants were not affected by the recent severe weather and flooding that hit the Detroit area.
GM spokesman David Barnas told The Detroit Free Press that the automaker’s various properties were not affected by last week’s severe weather, which completely submerged roads and parking lots throughout Metro Detroit.
The automaker’s crosstown rivals at Ford and Stellantis weren’t so lucky. Area residents shared photos on social media of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs sitting in a flooded lot at Stellantis’ Jefferson North Assembly Plant with water up to their windshields. The assembly plant itself also experienced minor flooding, forcing Stellantis to cancel the first shift at the plant on Friday.
Just incredible video from the flooding last night at the Stellantis Jefferson North Plant in #Detroit area. Cars/trucks look like mini submarines. Video sent to @wxyzdetroit. The employee who shot this would like to remain anonymous. pic.twitter.com/oNrL9YHidm
— Kennan C. Oliphant (@TVNewsGuru) June 26, 2021
The storage lot at Jefferson North Assembly is used as a temporary holding lot for vehicles that are waiting to be put on freight trains. Stellantis said it stores a wide variety of vehicles there, including the Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler Pacifica, among other models.
“As a result of the severe storms that came through Detroit on June 25, 25 vehicles were damaged in the flooded shipping yard adjacent to the Jefferson North Assembly Plant,” Stellantis said in a prepared statement. “All vehicles will be inspected and based on the severity of the damage, could be scrapped. Those vehicle assessments are ongoing.”
Extreme flooding forced Ford to cancel all shifts at its Dearborn Truck Plant on Saturday, which builds the Ford F-150 pickup. A roof leak at the automaker’s Michigan Assembly plant, which produces the Ford Bronco, also forced a temporary plant shutdown on Saturday. Ford says it planned to make up for any lost production due to the flooding with additional output and overtime in the coming days.