Catastrophic floods completely destroy roads around Midland County

Edenville, Sanford dams fail

Damage to an M-30 bridge in Edenville due to flooding on May 20, 2020.
Damage to an M-30 bridge in Edenville due to flooding on May 20, 2020. (WDIV)

EDENVILLE, Mich. – Catastrophic flooding caused by two dam failures in Midland County have completely destroyed many of the roads in the area.

Shawn Ley got a firsthand look at the damage.

He took a walk along the M-30 bridge. You can see the footage in the video below.

The Edenville Dam, which federal officials had concerns about and stripped of its license, gave way after about nine inches of rain.

A gas station owner at the corner said the water came through at 5 p.m. Tuesday, taking out the bridge and a nearby home.

The power of the water when it came through was enough to blow holes in the road and warp the guardrail.

Many trees were also taken out in the area.

Sections of the entire bridge are gone, with flowing water visible below.

Midland County road damage
Midland County road damage

About the Authors:

Shawn Ley is an Emmy-Award winning reporter. In more than 20 years covering stories in television news, Shawn’s reporting has taken him from war-torn eastern Europe, to reporting from an F-16 fighter jet and now to the fast and furious breaking news of Detroit.

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.