Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan.
Last night Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said a city of 42,000 faced a serious flooding threat,
“In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water. We are anticipating an historic high water level.”
Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County and urged residents threatened by the flooding to find a place to stay with friends or relatives or to seek out one of several shelters that opened across the county.
She encouraged people to do their best to take precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, like wearing a face covering and observing social distancing
“to the best of your ability.”
“This is unlike anything we’ve seen in Midland County. If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now.”
In 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revoked the license of the company that operated the Edenville Dam due to non-compliance issues that included spillway capacity and the inability to pass the most severe flood reasonably possible in the area.
The Edenville Dam, built in 1924, was rated unsatisfactory in 2018 by the state and the Sanford Dam, built in 1925, received a fair condition rating.
Both dams are in the process of being sold.
The Tittabawassee River was at 30.5 feet and rising Tuesday night – flood stage is 24 feet. It was expected to crest this morning at a record of about 38 feet.
HAPPENING NOW: A breach at the Edenville Dam has forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in mid-Michigan. https://t.co/lgizaqRnFf— WNDU (@WNDU) May 20, 2020
(via Click on Detroit)