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Dam failures flood Michigan town

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/20/20, 10:51 am

About 10,000 people had to evacuate from communities along the Tittabawassee River in central Michigan on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, several feet of water covered some streets in downtown Midland, Mich., as the river rose to a record level of 34.4 feet, with more flooding expected throughout the day.

What caused the flooding? The National Weather Service warned people near the river to seek higher ground following “catastrophic dam failures” at the Edenville and Sanford dams. The state has had heavy rain since Sunday, and both dams had ongoing quality problems. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County.

Dig deeper: Follow updates at the National Weather Service website.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 05/20/2020 05:48 pm

    Has the gov. been waiting for the dams to have enough problems and flood so she could declare a state of emergency? 

    And now it's Trump's problem? 

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 05/20/2020 05:58 pm

    Sorry Michigan, the gov. says you must stay in your homes because of quarantine, flooded or not.

    Sorry Michigan, the gov. says we can't rescue you because we don't have a boat large enough for social distancing.

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