Dam failures lead to devastating floods across mid-Michigan

For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered Tuesday evening to leave home. By Wednesday morning, water that was several feet high covered some streets near the river in downtown Midland, including riverside parkland, and reaching a hotel and parking lots.

BEAVERTON, Mich. – After dam failures, parts of mid-Michigan could be under 9 feet of water, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday.

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A State of Emergency has been declared for Midland County after two dams failed. The Edenville Dam broke and the Sanford Dam was breached late last night, but it did not break. An estimated 10,000 people are evacuating as floods have devastated towns.

Water levels have risen in Beaverton since Wednesday morning. Several families have had their homes and properties destroyed and others have waited to see how much worse the damage will get.

A local farmers market was submerged in eight to 10 feet of water.

When the Edenleville Dam failed and the Sanford Dam was breached, water took out bridges, houses, businesses and more.

Some residents have compared it to the flooding in 2017 and 1986, but they believe the dam failures are worse.

“We just did this and I don’t know how fast we can bounce back this time,” one resident said.

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