Catastrophic Dam Failures Threaten Michigan Towns

Jake May / The Flint Journal
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About 11,000 people in central Michigan were told to evacuate their homes after rapidly rising water overwhelmed dams, creating what the National Weather Service called a “life-threatening situation.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the destruction in Midland County caused by the failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams was “devastating,” and waters were expected to continue to rise until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The US Geological Survey said it was installing a temporary stream gage to the river because the one there only has an operating limit that is 36.5 feet.

“Continue to take this seriously,” Whitmer said Wednesday afternoon. “If you are in an impacted area and not done so yet, please get somewhere safe.”


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