Dam failures, flooding create emergency in Midland County, thousands evacuating

Dam failures, flooding create emergency in Midland County, thousands evacuating

Bone, who also serves as chairman of the Midland County Board of Commissioners, said he has not slept much since the evacuations were ordered for the south and west sides of Midland two nights ago as a precaution.

Midland County and neighboring Gladwin Country agreed to buy the dams from Boyce Hydro in January. "There was an Executive Order that called for Superfund sites to update their infrastructure to protect them from future extreme floods, but it was trashed by the Trump administration a week before Hurricane Harvey hit".

The river topped a previous record of 33.9 feet (10.3 meters) set during flooding in 1986, the National Weather Service said.

The Tittabawassee River was at 30.5 feet (9.3 meters) and rising Tuesday night-flood stage is 24 feet (7.3 meters). The flooding caused thousands of Midland, Michigan, residents to evacuate their homes.

Built in 1924, the Edenville Dam was rated in unsatisfactory condition by the state in 2018 while the Sanford Dam, which was built in 1925, was given a fair condition rating, the Associated Press news agency reports. By late Tuesday, the dam was breached. "This is serious and it is time for people to take action".

The county said two dams, Edenville and Sanford, have collapsed due to heavy rain in the past few days and residents nearby have been told to evacuate immediately.

The state's emergency operations center has also been fully activated and is responding to the emergency, she said.

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Floodwaters overflow at Sanford Dam Michigan U.S. in this

Dow and the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will have to determine where the floodwaters have moved the dioxins, Burton said. "We will share additional information as it becomes available".

That dam is on Wixom lake.

Shelters for residents have opened across Midland County and will remain open until further notice.

"We're very pleased to see a 10,000-person evacuation that has gone as well as it can go", she said.

Whitmer said it was unthinkable that a disaster was occurring on top of the current global coronavirus pandemic, "but we are here, and to the best of our ability we are going to navigate this together".

In response to the dam break, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said an emergency declaration will soon follow.

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