Mass Evacuations Ordered in Michigan After Edenville Dam Bursts

Thursday, 21 May, 2020

She called the event a 500-year flood, which will have major effects for the Midland community and all of MI. REUTERS/Drone Base He said flood waters had already reached five feet in parts of downtown. Forecasters expect the water level to rise further before it crests at about 38 feet Wednesday night. "But we are here, and to the best of our ability we are going to navigate this together", Whitmer said.

"In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water", the governor said during a late Tuesday briefing.

Whitmer hopes to meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Thursday, when President Donald Trump travels to MI for an event.

About 10,000 people in central MI have been forced to evacuate.

Bone, who also serves as chairman of the Midland County Board of Commissioners, said no injuries or deaths had been reported as yet. "If you have not evacuated the area, do so now and get somewhere safe", said Gov. Whitmer.

The warning is in effect until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and is for the Tittabawassee river from the Sanford Dam to the Chippawassee school area in East Central Midland County. That left boats and docks on solid ground.

A screenshot from a video taken Tuesday afternoon by Timothy Wenzel shows just how high heavy rains pushed the water level on the lake.

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Thousands in Michigan told to evacuate after two dams collapse due to heavy rains

Emergency responders went door to door early Tuesday morning warning residents living near the Edenville Dam of the rising water.

The owner of the Sanford Dam, Boyce Hydro Power LLC, was dinged multiple times by federal regulators for not repairing damages. Aerial crews are flying overhead regularly to determine how much of the Sanford Dam remains intact.

At 5:44 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Midland County dispatch and emergency management reported that the Edenville Dam on the Tittabawassee River had collapsed, according to the National Weather Service.

"Certainly they would have considered high water flows".

Chemical giant Dow Chemical, which is headquartered in Midland, said in a statement it was implementing its flood preparedness plan. But a spokesman said she would not try to block the visit.

Whitmer said the state would investigate the operators of the dams and "pursue every line of legal recourse we have".