Jeep lot flood kills new vehicles waiting for delivery

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In a fit of very bad timing, a sudden hard rain in Detroit flooded a factory lot and destroyed a hefty number of Jeep Grand Cherokees newly made by the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP). The new vehicles would have entered a market that’s short on cars, giving dealers a chance to make up for time lost to COVID; instead, some will almost certainly end up as scrap.

Videos shared on social media show vehicles, including many Dodge Durangos, submerged up to their rooflines. Aside from the Durangos, Stellantis keeps newly produced SUVs, minivans, Chargers, Challengers, and truck models at the shipping yard staging area as they wait to be shipped to dealers once they leave the plant. Stellantis builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, and Dodge Durango at JNAP, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L at the nearby Mack assembly facility.

Not all the vehicles in the lot appear to have been destroyed.

photo by Marvin Johnson

A representative confirmed that severe storms came through Detroit on June 25, flooding expressways, local streets, and houses. The photos were confirmed to be of “a shipping yard near the JNAP plant.”

Stellantis confirmed the flooding to Car and Driver and said it does not yet have an estimate about the extent of the damage. “As a result of severe storms that came through Detroit on June 25, many expressways, surface streets, and neighborhoods in the area experienced significant flooding, including the Jefferson North Assembly Plant and an adjacent shipping yard,” the company said. “Water from the plant was removed and second shift resumed at 4:30 p.m. An assessment will be conducted on the condition of vehicles in the yard. We have no further information to share at this time.”

The Detroit Free Press also reported that Ford briefly paused production of the F-150 at the Dearborn Truck Plant because employees had difficulty getting to the plant. Ford also temporarily halted production of the new Bronco at the Michigan Assembly Plant because of a roof leak.

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