LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave an update Tuesday night regarding the state’s response to dam conditions and flooding in mid-Michigan.
A breached dam caused by several days of rainfall and rising water has forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in mid-Michigan.
Whitmer urged residents in Midland County to evacuate as soon as possible. She said both the south and west side of Midland had been evacuated.
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“Please, get somewhere safe now,” Whitmer said. “This is serious.”
She asked residents to either go stay with a relative or friend. If they didn’t have a place to stay shelters were made available.
Watch the report from Local 4 News at 11 below:
Residents who must leave their homes can go to shelters at:
- Midland High School at 1301 Eastlawn
- Meridian Junior High School at 3475 N. Meridian Road (11:09 p.m. update - this location has closed)
- Bullock Creek High School at 1420 S. Badour
- West Midland Family Center at 4011 W Isabella
“In the next 12 to 15 hours downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water,” Whitmer said.
Officials are anticipating a historic high water level. The state’s emergency operations center has been fully activated.
“I will continue to monitor this situation closely,” Whitmer said.
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