Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed
Nature is returning to the dry beds of a string of mid-Michigan lakes that drained in May after two dams failed during torrential rains. (AP Photo/ Jeff McMillan)LANSING, Mich. Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. It hopes to restore the infrastructure and shoreline of Wixom and Sanford lakes and prevent homes from being lost to the eroding edges of what were once the lakes. Under eminent domain, the owners, Boyce Hydro and and Boyce Hydro Power, could be ordered to sell the properties to the task force as the governmental body representing the counties, task force spokesperson Stacey Trapani said. Four Lakes Task Force estimates it will cost more than $30 million to stop the erosion, remove the debris left by the flooding and stabilize all four dams.
Watch: ‘The State of Michigan’ virtual town hall with congressional leaders
There was a live town hall about the COVID-19 pandemic, economy, and protests in Michigan that started at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The 60-minute town hall was moderated by WOOD TV8 political reporter Rick Albin and WLNS-TV anchor Sheri Jones. This town hall included Michigan’s U.S. Democratic senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. Eight U.S. representatives also participated: Justin Amash, I-Grand Rapids; Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; Brenda Lawrence, D-Detroit; Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; Dan Kildee, D-Flint; John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly; Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; Tim Walberg, R-Tipton and Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet. Watch the town hall below:
LIST: Areas where residents must evacuate in mid-Michigan due to flooding after Edenville Dam breaks
Published: May 20, 2020, 7:46 amMIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. Residents in mid-Michigan are evacuating Tuesday night after the Edenville Dam was breached. MORE: Evacuations underway in mid-Michigan after Edenville Dam breaksHeavy rain and rising water caused the dam, which is in Midland County, to break. Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency for the county in response to the flooding. She is expected to provide an update to the situation Tuesday night. Whitmer gives update on states response to flooding, dam conditionsResidents in several areas are currently evacuating.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer declares State of Emergency after dam breaks in Midland County
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency for Midland County on Tuesday night after a dam broke, leading to flooding in the area. MORE: Evacuations underway in mid-Michigan after Edenville Dam breaksHeavy rain and rising water breached the Edenville Dam. Whitmer urged residents in the county to evacuate as soon as possible. READ: Midland could be under 9 feet of water: Gov.