Brand new energy efficient home in Midland subdivision hits the market
MIDLAND, MI - Cobblestone Homes built a brand new house in Midland County’s Larkin Township and it’s for sale. The home is located at 3269 Pine Bluff Court in Cobblestone’s Siebert Woods subdivision and priced at $931,600. Related: Modern prairie-style home in wooded Midland subdivision listed for $931k“My favorite thing about this house is, overall, the exterior look and then how it flows into the interior,” said Marshall Mannion, new home consultant for Cobblestone. It has four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and 2,628 square feet of living space. The first-floor primary suite is another stand-out feature, Mannion said.mlive.com
Modern prairie-style home in wooded Midland subdivision listed for $931k
MIDLAND, MI — A brand new modern prairie-style home by Cobblestone is for sale in Midland County’s Larkin Township. The 2,628-square-foot home, located at 3269 Pine Bluff Court in Cobblestone’s Siebert Woods subdivision, built this year and priced at $931,600, is MLive’s House of the Week. Homes across the state are featured every Wednesday.mlive.com
Growing season rain for Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and Thumb was pretty sparse: the quick numbers
It was a dry growing season for the Flint, Tri-Cities and Thumb regions. The farther south you were located in Mid-Michigan, the drier your growing season. Flint was the driest of the major observing sites with only 14.62 inches of rain this growing season, coming in 5.62 inches drier than average. MBS Airport, between Saginaw, Bay City and Midland, had 17.08 inches of rain, which is only 1.72 inches below average. We will need a wet winter to keep the drought from intensifying into next growing season.mlive.com
These four candidates want to represent Genesee, Saginaw and Midland counties in Congress
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Four candidates are seeking to represent the newly redrawn 8th District in Congress, including incumbent congressman Daniel T. Kildee, D-Flint. The new district, which includes much of the Flint and Saginaw areas that Kildee currently represents, also now contains new territory in Midland County, including the city of Midland, which leans Republican.mlive.com
‘Heavenly sanctuary’ on 16.5 acres for sale in Midland County
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI - A home on 16.5 acres with a pond in the front yard area is on the market in the Midland area. The home is located at 3300 E. Hubbard Road in Midland County’s Larkin Township and is listed at $710,000. Related: Craftsman bungalow with 16.5 acres of privacy for sale in Midland CountyAccording to the listing, this is a “heavenly sanctuary” that could become hobby farm. “I have almost a whimsical feeling about it.”Click into the gallery below to see images of the home and property. 72 ‘Heavenly sanctuary’ on 16.5 acres for sale in Midland CountySee more homes on MLive:Midland home with landscaped riverfront backyard close to downtown for salePrivate log home hits the market in CaroRare two-story farmhouse hits the market in HemlockWaterfront home for sale offers privacy and endless natural lightOpen floor plan assures ‘you’re still a part of the party’ in Saginaw home for salemlive.com
It’s back: Tittabawassee River flowing through Sanford Dam once again
Efforts to restore the failed Sanford Dam reached a new milestone as the water started to flow again. The Four Lakes Task Force announced this week that the Tittabawassee River is back on course and now running through the Sanford Dam. Click here to watch a drone video of the river running through the Sanford dam. In the aftermath of the flood, Sanford and Wixom lakes were largely emptied out because of the failed dams along the Tittabawassee River. The Four Lakes Task Force “Path to Four Lakes Restoration: An Engineering and Technical Symposium” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20.mlive.com
Have some old-fashioned fun as the Midland County Fair returns
MIDLAND, MI - August is the time for county fairs here in mid-Michigan. The Bay County Fair just wrapped up last week - now it’s Midland County’s turn to have some late summer fun. The Midland County Fair kicked off on Aug. 14 and it will continue until Saturday, Aug. 20 at the fairgrounds at 6905 Eastman Avenue in Midland. Parking is $8 for each entry or attendees can opt to pay a weekly rate of $20. A traditional part of county fairs is the focus on agricultural education through programs such as 4-H.mlive.com
Candidates in GOP state senate primary sued for defamation
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI -- A former Dow employee caught in the middle of a state senate race is suing both candidates for defamation. Schram filed a federal lawsuit in 2016 against Dow Corning Corporation alleging she was illegally forced out of job at the company. Velasquez was a manager at Dow at the time and the 2016 lawsuit has now become campaign fodder in the state senate race. The lawsuit names Velasquez and Glenn as defendants, in addition to both of their state senate campaigns and Dow Silicones Corporation. Representatives from Schram’s legal counsel, as well as the campaigns of Glenn and Velasquez, could not be immediately reached for comment Saturday.mlive.com
To restore lakes drained after 2020 flood, two Michigan counties will weigh pricey 30-year payment plan
The proposal would involve special assessment levies that hit homeowners’ wallets in both counties for the next three decades. Of that $250 million, Gladwin and Midland county homeowners would pay about $60 million via the proposed special assessment district tax, records indicate. Officials said homeowners will pay different costs depending on their home’s proximity to the impacted lakes. Four Lakes Task Force records indicate residents at some waterfront lots would pay as much as $500 yearly beginning in 2025; other homeowners would pay as low as $125 each year. Four Lakes Task Force records show officials estimate construction and restoration of the dams would finish in 2024 at Secord and Smallwood lakes and in 2027 at Edenville and Sanford lakes.mlive.com
Midland Area Youth Action Council celebrates returning to normal operations
MIDLAND, MI-- The Midland Area Youth Action Council concluded its 2021-2022 cycle with a celebratory banquet on Friday, June 3. The Youth Action Council makes up the youth branch of the Midland Area Community Foundation and can provide funding to organizations seeking to improve the lives of Midland-area youths thanks to its endowment from the Kellogg Foundation. “The committee and I are super excited to follow up on them next year.”The Youth Action Council says it also made strides in its inclusivity efforts. Chai and Paloma Jolly will assume the newly instituted roles of Inclusion co-chairs for the council’s Midland Youth Inclusivity Committee. For more information on the Midland Area Youth Action Council, visit their page on the Midland Community Foundation website.mlive.com
Midland County man dies after crashing ORV into deer
JASPER TWP, MI — A Midland County man has died after crashing his off-road vehicle into a deer. The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, on West Shepherd Road just west of South Lewis Road in Jasper Township, according to Midland County Sheriff’s deputies. A 56-year-old man was driving a red and black 2018 Polaris RZR east on West Shepherd Road when he tried to avoid striking a deer in the roadway. The ORV ended up striking the deer, causing the vehicle to leave the road, crashed into a ditch, and overturn. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police Third District Accident Reconstruction Team, St. Louis Fire Department, MyMichigan EMS, and the Midland County Medical Examiner.mlive.com
Ex-MDHHS foster care worker charged with sexually assaulting client
MIDLAND, MI — A Midland man and former state foster care worker is facing numerous felonies after allegedly sexually abusing a client. Michigan State Police troopers launched an investigation, in which they came to believe Ladd H. Perreault, 53, had sexually assaulted the woman. At the time, Perreault was a foster care worker employed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Perreault on May 9 was arraigned in Midland County District Court on two counts of third- and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Perreault is to appear for a preliminary examination at 2:15 p.m. on May 31.mlive.com
Midland father, 20, charged with murder in infant daughter’s death
MIDLAND, MI — Before his 21st birthday, a Midland man is charged with murder in his infant daughter. Investigators identified Scarlett’s father, 20-year-old Alex L. Marsh, as a suspect in her death. He was then arraigned in Midland County District Court on a count of open murder. Marsh is being held in the Midland County Jail without bond. Read more:Isabella County child predator sting results in arrests of 7 men in one daySaginaw father accused of killing toddler son not competent for trialClio woman charged with arson in torching of haunted woodsmlive.com
Handcuffed man arrested hours after escaping police car in Midland County
LEE TWP, MI — A suspect who escaped from a police vehicle has been rearrested after spending hours on the lam in Midland County. Police ended up arresting a 34-year-old Midland man on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Though handcuffed at one point, the man escaped an MSP patrol car and was last seen on foot around 12:15 p.m., wearing an orange and black sweatshirt and blue jeans. Details of how the man escaped were not provided by police. At 10:54 p.m., police found the man in a cabin near 11 Mile Road and M-20, not to far from the original situation.mlive.com
Dogs on the runway: Midland animal rescue hosting ‘K9 Katwalk.’
MIDLAND, MI - Dogs will be up on the fashion runway this week as a part of a fundraiser for a Midland area animal rescue. The Midland County Pit Stop is holding a “K9 Katwalk” event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. The event is meant to raise funds to cover veterinary care and supply costs for the pets that Midland County Pit Stop cares for annually. According to the Pit Stop, the organization’s vetting and supply costs were paid for with $52,863.28 in donations. A dog fashion show will be the highlight of the event where dogs will show off their outfits to the crowd.mlive.com
Private lake and wildlife make this Midland home ‘an outdoor paradise’
MIDLAND, MI — There’s a traditional, saltbox-style house overlooking a private lake on the market now in Midland County. The home, located at 3670 E. Southgate Drive within a private association in Ingersoll Township and listed for $475,000, is MLive’s House of the Week. Homes across the state are showcased every Wednesday.mlive.com
Indiana men arrested after allegedly firing guns from vehicle on US-10 in Midland County
MIDLAND, MI — Two Indiana men are in custody allegedly firing guns from a vehicle along US-10 in Midland County. About 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, Midland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a vehicle traveling on US-10 from the Coleman area, with its occupants firing weapons from it, said Sheriff Myron Greene. Deputies found the vehicle in question in Sanford and a pursuit ensued. Deputies eventually stopped the vehicle on eastbound US-10 near Eastman Avenue in Midland. Deputies arrested two Indiana men in the car, ages 20 and 37.mlive.com
Midland man killed in one-vehicle crash in Midland County
LINCOLN TWP, MI — An afternoon traffic crash in Midland County has claimed the life of a local man. About 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, Michigan State Police troopers responded to the crash scene on North Stark Road near Monroe Road in Lincoln Township. Troopers’ investigation so far indicates 38-year-old Jared Young had been driving a 2004 Toyota SUV southbound on Stark at a high rate of speed. Young, a Midland resident, was the SUV’s only occupant. They were assisted by the MSP Traffic Reconstruction Unit, Lincoln Township Fire Department, and My Michigan Health EMS.mlive.com
Midland County man killed in one-vehicle crash
EDENVILLE TWP, MI — A one-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Midland County man. About 11:35 p.m. on Friday, April 1, sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash scene on North Lake Sanford Road just south of West Fike Road in Edenville Township. Deputies determined a blue 2006 Chrysler Pacifica driven by 40-year-old Donald Essenburg had been heading north on North Lake Sanford Road. Essenburg failed to negotiate a curve, causing the Pacifica to leave the road, crash into trees, travel down an embankment, and overturn. Read more:Pinconning-area man, 20, killed in one-vehicle crashSaginaw woman shot, killed on city’s North SideCajoled into driving 10.1 pounds of crystal meth to Saginaw, Arizona woman gets 6 years in prisonmlive.com
Fire razes Robinson Industries plant in Coleman, company vows to rebuild
COLEMAN, MI — An early morning fire has razed a Midland County-based plastics manufacturing plant. The fire at Robinson Industries Inc., 3051 W. Curtis Road in Coleman, was reported at 5:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 31. “We want all of our customers and employees and community members to know that we are definitely still in business,” Robinson Industries posted on its Facebook page at 10:09 a.m. Thursday. Robinson Industries is women-owned and certified as such by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. At 12:54 p.m. Thursday, the company again posted on its Facebook page that its leaders plan to rebuild.mlive.com
Large fire underway at Midland County plastics company
COLEMAN, MI — Firefighters are on the scene of a large blaze at a Midland County plastics factory. The fire at Robinson Industries Inc., 3051 W. Curtis Road in Coleman, was reported around 5:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, according to Midland County Central Dispatch. Firefighters from Coleman Community Fire Department, Beaverton Fire Department, and Midland Fire Department are on scene, shuttling water from stations. Midland County Sheriff’s deputies are also at the scene. Investigation underway after handcuffed Saginaw man repeatedly punched by State Police trooper during arrestmlive.com
These mid-Michigan companies are among ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’
BAY CITY, MI — Bay City-based ShineWater, Midland County-based Creation Coffee and SwiftWall, and Saginaw County-based Ed Rehmanns are among the 2022 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.”The recipients of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business were selected from among more than 550 nominees, according to a ShineWater news release. An in-person awards ceremony is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 3, during the 18th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala.mlive.com
Police confirm identity of Midland County man found dead in recent house fire
EDENVILLE TWP, MI — Police have released the name of a man killed in Midland County house fire a week ago. The Midland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 16, confirmed the man who died in a March 8 fire was 72-year-old Carl Lewis. About 10:41 p.m. on the night of the fire, deputies and Edenville Township firefighters responded to a fire at a residence on North 11 Mile Road. Once the blaze was knocked down, crews found Lewis’ body inside the wreckage. Read more:Midland County house fire claims life of man, 72Fire on Saginaw’s East Side razes house built in 1894, claims life of pet dogSaginaw man accused of using Snapchat to view, share child pornmlive.com
Midland County house fire claims life of man, 72
EDENVILLE TWP, MI — Police are investigating a house fire in Midland County that claimed the life of a 72-year-old man. About 10:41 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, sheriff’s deputies and Edenville Township firefighters responded to a fire at residence on North 11 Mile Road. Once the blaze was knocked down, crews found the body of the man inside the wreckage. An autopsy has been scheduled to confirm the identity of the deceased man and determine his cause of death. The Edenville Township Fire Department was originally dispatched to the scene and was later assisted on scene by Coleman City Fire Department, Coleman City Police Department, Mid-Michigan EMS, and the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.mlive.com
Saginaw Valley is battlefront of ice storm versus just rain
North of the freezing line, you’ll have significant ice accumulations, while south of the line escapes much of the ice accumulation. So let’s look at where the freezing line will hover this afternoon, and how much additional freezing rain is likely. Radar forecast from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2022The purple shaded areas should be freezing rain. The Bay City area will fluctuate back and forth between rain and freezing rain. Total additional rain and freezing rain through 9 p.m. tonight.mlive.com
Sanford receives almost $1 million in FEMA funds to help remove damaged homes
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI - The village of Sanford will receive $931,930 in FEMA funds to cover the cost of purchasing and demolishing 14 homes damaged by the May 2020 Edenville Dam collapse, according to a news release from FEMA. The 14 damaged homes are located in the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River and their removal will help mitigate the community’s flood vulnerability, according to the release. FEMA will cover 75% of the $1,242,573 eligible project cost, with the remaining funds coming from Sanford, according to the release. FEMA will also cover $25,000 in management costs associated with the grant. Attorney for Edenville flooding victims says state engaging in delay tactics through appealsmlive.com
Bay County woman killed in one-vehicle crash in Midland County
MIDLAND TWP, MI — An early morning crash in Midland County has claimed the life of a Bay County woman. At 6:39 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on East Wheeler Road just east of North Waldo Road in Midland Township. They arrived to find a westbound black 2014 Chevrolet Impala had failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. The driver’s side airbag was deployed, though it appears the driver was not wearing her seatbelt, deputies said. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Larkin and Midland Township Fire Departments, MyMidMichigan EMS, and the Midland County Medical Examiner.mlive.com
Find serenity at this modern split ranch-style home surrounded by woods, Pine River
MIDLAND, MI — There’s a home for sale on a wooded lot near the Pine River in Midland County that Realtor Heather Wesolek of firstPriority Realty describes as both modern and serene. “My favorite thing about this home is its surroundings. It is so enjoyable to walk the wooded, serene landscape out to the Pine River, which is located at the end of the property, and then make your way back closer to the home for a cozy bonfire,” Wesolek said.mlive.com
Political currents eroded Midland’s Congressional election power. Could a Democrat rep this GOP hub?
An independent redistricting commission last month re-drew the state’s Congressional map, with the adjustments set to take effect beginning with the November 2022 election outcome. “We are very different than those communities,” Midland Mayor Maureen Donker said of Saginaw and Flint. Her frustration with the newly-drawn Congressional district map in part centered on how its borders separated Midland County from counties also menaced by Michigan waterways. In fact, the new Congressional map splits Midland County itself at a key junction tied to the 2020 flood. RELATED:Kildee, Moolenaar to avoid 2022 election showdown despite Midland’s Congressional map shiftFor Congressman Dan Kildee, the Capitol riot ended 1 year ago.mlive.com
Feeling lonely? New program in Midland connects community with phone calls to combat loneliness, isolation
MIDLAND, MI - A new program was recently launched in Midland to help residents overcome loneliness while creating new, friendly connections. Named “Friendly Connections”, the program aims to build bridges by pairing up Midland County community members and helping them connect for 2 -3 hours a month by phone. The program was made possible by a joint effort by community partners such as MyMichigan Health, Senior Services, 2-1-1 of Northeast Michigan, the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition and the United Way of Midland County. “Feeling like we belong contributes significantly to our wellbeing,” said Kathy Snyder, coordinator of the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition. “I’m excited for Friendly Connections to be introduced to our community,” said Jeremy Screws, connections manager at 2-1-1 of Northeast Michigan.mlive.com
Bay County teen in custody after allegedly making threat against Midland County high school
COLEMAN, MI — A Bay County teen is in custody after reportedly making threats against a Midland County school. About 3:20 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, Midland County Central Dispatch received a call reporting possible threats against Coleman Community High School, 4951 N. Lewis Road in Coleman. Michigan State Police troopers began investigating and developed a 17-year-old Bay County resident who attends the high school as a suspect. Troopers apprehended and lodged the teen at the Bay County Juvenile Detention Facility. Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activity or potential harm directed at schools, school employees, or schools through OK2SAY.mlive.com
72-year-old man dies in Midland County house fire
MOUNT HALEY TWP, MI — A Midland County house fire has claimed the life of an elderly man. About 4:33 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, Midland County sheriff’s deputies and Midland Township firefighters responded to a house fire in Mount Haley Township. Firefighters found a 72-year-old man dead in a bedroom. The cost of damage is unknown, though the house appears to be a total loss, deputies said. Midland Township firefighters were assisted by colleagues from the Lee Township, Homer Township, and Breckenridge/Wheeler Township fire departments.mlive.com
West Texas man acquitted in fatal shooting of police officer
A West Texas man was acquitted of murder Wednesday in the 2019 fatal shooting of a police officer who was shot while checking a security alarm at the man’s home. A Midland County jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding David Wilson not guilty of murder in the death of Midland police Officer Nathan Heidelberg. Wilson’s attorneys had told jurors that he didn’t know Heidelberg was a police officer, mistook him for an intruder and shot him in self-defense in the predawn hours of March 5, 2019.news.yahoo.com
‘Be a Hero, Fight COVID’ pediatric vaccine clinic set for Tuesday in Midland
MIDLAND, MI - Youth in the Midland area will get a chance to roll up their sleeves and be a public health “super hero” on Tuesday. Molina Healthcare of Michigan is partnering with the Midland County Department of Public Health to offer a “Be a Hero, Fight COVID” pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 810 Cinema Drive, in Midland. A parent or guardian must be present for children to receive the vaccine. Participants will get a chance to meet super heroes, get a free balloon animal and a free gift from Molina. Michigan reports highest single-day positivity rate since start of pandemic, 21034 new COVID casesmlive.com
Attorney for Edenville flooding victims says state engaging in delay tactics through appeals
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI - After a recent court victory, an attorney for Edenville Dam collapse flooding victims accused the State of Michigan of using legal “delay tactics” to keep the cases out of trial. Attorney Ven Johnson’s firm represents almost 300 flooding victims in a “mass tort” suit against state agencies claiming the government failed to prevent the May 2020 Edenville Dam collapse. On Monday, Nov. 8, the Michigan Court of Appeals granted a motion to dismiss the state’s appeal of the earlier decision. “It’s going to be what I believe is at least another year, year and a half of the state’s delay tactics,” Johnson said. “These folks are obviously, understandably angry and have been devastated, and they deserve justice, in this case sadly against their own state,” Johnson said.mlive.com
Appeals court rejects state’s efforts to dismiss Edenville flooding cases
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI - The Michigan Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the State of Michigan Monday, Nov. 8 in a decision that will once again allow Edenville flooding cases to move forward, according to a news release from a law firm representing victims. In May, a Michigan Court of Claims judge denied a motion from the state to dismiss residents’ cases, writing that the state’s governmental immunity does not apply to “inverse condemnation,” the claim at the heart of the lawsuits. Now that the appeals court has denied the state’s appeal of that decision, the cases will return to the Court of Claims for future proceedings, according to a news release from Ven Johnson Law.mlive.com
Midland County woman, 75, dies in two-vehicle crash
HOMER TWP, MI — A two-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a 75-year-old Midland County woman. About 9:56 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, Midland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash site on East Saginaw Road just east of North Stark Road in Home Township. The 18-year-old Northville man driving the Jeep was taken to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Once the investigation is complete, deputies’ report will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police and their 3rd District Accident Reconstruction Team, Midland City Police Department, Midland City Fire Department, Homer Township Fire Department, Mid-Michigan EMS, and the Midland County Road Commission.mlive.com
Gladwin County motorcyclist dies nearly a week after crash in Midland County
LARKIN TWP, MI — Nearly a week after being gravely injured in a two-vehicle crash in Midland County, a Gladwin County motorcyclist has died of his wounds. The crash itself occurred about 7:40 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the intersection of North Eastman Road and East Schneider Court in Larkin Township. On Sunday, Oct. 3, Gransden died of wounds he sustained in the crash, deputies report. Once those results are in and deputies have finished their investigation, their reports will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Deputies were assisted at the crash scene by the Michigan State Police and its 3rd District Accident Reconstruction Team, the Larkin Township Fire Department, and Mid-Michigan EMS.mlive.com
Midland County Habitat for Humanity breaking ground on its first multifamily housing units
MIDLAND, MI — In an effort to better meet the housing needs of low- to moderate-income families, Midland County Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground on a new, multifamily home construction project in the city of Midland. The results were very informative of the housing needs in our community,” Jennifer Chappel, president and CEO of Midland County Habitat for Humanity, said in a statement. The urban planning group czb conducted a housing analysis in Midland County and the results revealed a real need for more affordable housing options for low- to moderate-income households, according to Midland County Habitat for Humanity officials. Between 2000 and 2015, the poverty rate increased by 7% and the median income decreased by 17% in Midland County. “The housing study suggested building a variety of housing types including multifamily construction to address the need for affordable housing in Midland.mlive.com
Midland to receive $5.5M in federal disaster relief funding for 2020 flooding
MIDLAND, MI - A large payout is heading to Midland to help the area recover from the 2020 spring flood event and to prepare for future emergencies. “We will work tirelessly to get communities hit hard by natural disasters the help they need to recover and rebuild,” said Whitmer. “I am grateful that our federal partners at the Department of Housing and Urban Development are sending $5.5 million to help Michiganders in Midland rebuild from May 2020′s severe storms and floods. Midland County and its surrounding areas were drowned in floodwater from Wixom and Sanford lakes after the Edenville and Sanford dams failed. More from MLiveFour Lakes Task Force unable to implement vegetation control in bottomlands caused by dam failuresThen and now drone video: A year after historic Midland County flood$15M fine levied on former Edenville Dam owner after Midland floodCat missing since spring flood in Michigan finds its way home 8 months laterNew project will help Midland County flood victims with home repairsNew project will help Midland County flood victims with home repairsmlive.com
‘It’s a sense of community pride’ Sanford resident says as clean-up effort continues
SANFORD, MI – As the day where Sanford was under water from the dam failures fades farther into history, the clean-up efforts are ongoing. United Way of Midland County is gathering the community together to sort or get rid of the large-scale debris still left near downtown. “I feel very humbled to see the progress we’ve made and the way we’ve done it together,” President and CEO of United Way of Midland County Holly Miller said. “With United Way it’s never about us, it’s always about how we can bring the community together. “It’s a sense of community pride,” Clark said.mlive.com
Traffic crash, electrocution claim women’s lives in Midland County
MIDLAND, MI — Police in Midland County are investigating two unrelated incidents that each claimed a woman’s life. No foul play is suspected and deputies are awaiting toxicology results for a final determination regarding her cause and manner of death. The crash occurred on westbound US-10, just east of M-18 in Jerome Township. Haus had been wearing her seat belt when the crash occurred and her front air bag had been deployed. Deputies do not have evidence that drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck but are awaiting toxicology results to rule this definitively.mlive.com
Four Lakes Task Force unable to implement vegetation control in bottomlands caused by dam failures
However, it could be a while until officials are able to implement a four-lakes wide vegetation management plan. According to the task force, bottomland vegetation management is a part of an environmental restoration plan that the task force is implementing for the impacted lakes and the exposed bottomlands. Tactical vegetation management and other aspects of lake improvement activities come from the Lake Improvement Boards and Weed Assessment Districts. The task force is asking those who are planning to cut trees or brush more than 40 feet from their shorelines to email the task force at firstname.lastname@example.org. The task force is not encouraging property owners to use chemicals.mlive.com
Grand Rapids, Midland men accused of raping woman, holding her against her will across two counties
SAGINAW, MI — Two Michigan men are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Saginaw County, then driving her to Midland County where she was able to get help from police. The morning of July 1, a 31-year-old Clare County woman voluntarily met up with Isziah D. Walker, 31, and Francisco J. Yanez, 26, in Buena Vista Township. Walker hails from Grand Rapids, while Yanez is listed in jail records as being a homeless Midland resident. Both men on Tuesday, July 6, appeared in Saginaw County District Court for arraignment. Neither man is facing charges related to the July 1 incident in Midland County.mlive.com
Delta College Midland County trustee resigns
UNIVERSITY CENTER, MI - Andre Buckley, a representative for Midland County on Delta College’s Board of Trustees, has resigned from his position effective Tuesday, July 6. The board acknowledged Buckley’s resignation at a special meeting Wednesday evening. The trustees were recently given notice of Buckley’s resignation but haven’t received any further explanation yet, said Saginaw County Trustee Arshen Baldwin. The appointed trustee will finish Buckley’s term, which lasts until December 2022. Read more:Delta College next president on track to begin soonDelta College says goodbye to century-old barn on campus landDelta College opening new downtown Midland campus for fall 2021mlive.com
Custom craftsman contemporary home in the country listed for $859K in Midland
MIDLAND, MI – A custom-built Cobblestone home for sale in Midland County’s Larkin Township offers a private, country-like setting while being only about a 10-minute drive from shopping, restaurants and more. The custom craftsman-style home, located at 3633 Coyote Ridge Circle in Larkin Township, is listed for $859,000. The home in the desirable Coyote Ridge subdivision is MLive’s House of the Week. A view of the exterior of a home for sale located at 3633 Coyote Ridge Circle in Larkin Township on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.comA view inside a home for sale located at 3633 Coyote Ridge Circle in Larkin Township on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.mlive.com
Sanford’s Fourth of July fireworks returning to give flood ravaged area ‘a little bit of normalcy’
The Sanford Lake Association (SLA) in conjunction with the Sanford Village and Midland County Parks Division announced that will be hosting its annual fireworks program at the Midland County Park on the Fourth of July. Normally the fireworks are viewed over Sanford Lake, however, with the lake essentially gone after the 2020 dam failures the firework launch location has been moved to Sanford Lake Park. “While a lot in our lives still remains changed, we will have the Sanford Lake Association July 4th fireworks to rely on this year for a little bit of normalcy,” said Elaine Arnold, Sanford Lake Association, communication director. Prime viewing will be offered at the Sanford Lake Park as well as the Sanford Village Park south of the dam. No liquor is allowed at Sanford Lake Park while no beer and liquor is allowed at Sanford Village Park.mlive.com
Lupton man killed in Midland County crash
EDENVILLE TWP, MI — A single-vehicle traffic crash in Midland County has claimed the life of a Lupton man. About 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, Michigan State Police troopers responded to a reported crash involving a tractor trailer on M-30 near West Curtis Road in Edenville Township. Grezesak had been hauling milk in the vehicle, troopers said. Troopers are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash. They were assisted at the scene by Midland County Sheriff’s deputies, Jerome Township firefighters, Mid-Michigan Medical Center EMS, Cole’s Towing, and Mike’s Towing.mlive.com
Crews to lower spillway connected to failed Michigan dam
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)EDENVILLE, Mich. – Crews will begin lowering a spillway connected to a dam that failed last year and contributed to massive flooding in parts of mid-Michigan. The Edenville Dam Tobacco River spillway will be lowered by more than 20 feet (6 meters) starting Feb. 24 to help prevent future flooding, according to Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. More than 11,000 people in the Midland area had to be evacuated last May after heavy rains stressed the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Detroit, and the Sanford Dam, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) downriver. The nearly century-old Edenville Dam had been the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators.
Michigan family reunited with cat lost during devastating Midland floods
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – It’s been eight months since the devastating floods in Midland County. “She did find us for a reason, I believe,” Ashley Flood said. “And so, we actually, we definitely played our part, I think.”On a cold snowy winter day, The Flood family heard a cat outside meowing for hours. “It seemed well fed and its coat was rather clean,” Ashley Flood said. They took the cat to the Humane Society of Midland County and found out the cat was micochipped.
Dry lakebeds pose risks to adventurers in Michigan’s Midland area
Or rather, what was Sanford and Wixom Lake. In May, the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams led to the drainage of Sanford and Wixom Lake. While a smaller river continues to run through the lakebeds, new, hazardous features have been uncovered. “Winter changes everything, if it’s snowing and you can’t see very far,” Gladwin County Emergency Director Robert North told the Midland Daily News. These two construction projects make the Tobacco River arm of Wixom Lake unusually dangerous this winter.
Michigan man sentenced in drowning death of toddler
MIDLAND, Mich. A 24-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced between 25 and 50 years in prison for the drowning death of a toddler. He appeared in court Friday to be sentenced on a second-degree murder charge for the death of 1-year-old Skylar N. Pappel. The child died in September last year when Garrett was giving the girl a bath at her mothers apartment in Midland. The child fell and hit her head on the faucet and fell face-first into the water. Im not perfect -- please believe me when I tell you that Im remorseful.Before the plea agreement, he faced charges of felony-murder and first degree child abuse.
Sanford Lake residents optimistic things will return to normal
LANSING, Mich. – Labor Day Weekend on Sanford Lake is typically filled with boats and people having fun on the water. After May’s dam failures emptied the lake, many residents are left wondering how long it’ll take to come back. Residents are still hopeful things will return to normal. The state ordered Boyce Hydro -- the owners of the dams -- to make emergency repairs Tuesday, but since the company filed for bankruptcy, the state will likely be forced to foot the bill. Edenville faces Labor Day weekend without their beloved Wixom LakeYou can watch Tim Pamplin’s full stories above in the video players above.
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.
Federal disaster declaration to aid Midland County flood response approved
Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday afternoon President Donald Trump declared a major disaster area for mid-Michigan counties affected by widespread and severe flooding and dam failures in May. “Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” Whitmer said. She later expanded her declaration to include Iosco County. Persistent steady rain resulted in excessive two-day rainfall totals reaching record levels at some locations. MORE: ‘Looked like Niagra Falls’ -- Dam that created Wixom Lake gives way, flooding mid-Michigan communitiesMultiple residents impacted by the flood have taken part of two federal class-action lawsuits filed against the dam owners.
Mothers ashes recovered after being swept away during Midland floods
When the village of Sanford was hit by massive flooding in May, Kathy Parsch set out to find her mothers ashes. ORIGINAL STORY: Sanford woman kayaks to floating home swept away by flood to recover mothers ashesSurrounded by unthinkable destruction, there wasnt a dry eye as Parschs ashes were pulled from mud. She was joined by friends on kayaks to paddle through the wreckage to find Parschs home in a river. After visiting the house seven times, Parsch couldnt find her mothers ashes. Her mothers ashes were found the day before Sanford officials would start scooping up debris to haul away.
Dozens of residents join lawsuit against dam owners following devastating mid-Michigan floods
MIDLAND, Mich. As many as 60 residents have joined a class-action lawsuit against the owners of the dams that failed and caused catastrophic flooding in mid-Michigan. READ: Investigating who is responsible for Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsTheres a lot of finger pointing as residents join a class-action lawsuit against the dam owners and the state. We moved up here because we wanted to be by the lake (where) we grew up as kids, Tom said. Lantzys law firm is representing more than 60 families in the class-action lawsuit against dam owner Boyce Hydro. The lawsuit looks to hold Boyce Hydro negligent and liable for damages, including medical expenses, property damage and property value.
LIVE STREAM: Michigan officials provide update on flooding aftermath in Midland County
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will host a news briefing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to provide an update on the aftermath of the Edenville and Sanford dam failures and subsequent flooding in Mid-Michigan last month. You can watch the briefing live in the video player above at 3 p.m.Nessel will be joined by the director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Liesl Clark and the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Dan Eichinger. The briefing comes almost three weeks after nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents evacuated their homes due to a massive flooding emergency caused by breaches in the Edenville and Sanford dams. The flood damaged countless homes, businesses and roads in central Michigan. Whitmer requests investigation of dam breach that caused massive flooding in mid-Michigan
LIVE STREAM: Gov. Whitmer holds briefing on Midland County flooding response
MIDLAND, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will offer an update on the state’s response to the devastating floods in Midland County last month. Whitmer will provide a brief update alongside local officials on the state’s response to the historic flooding in Mid-Michigan. Afterward, she will volunteer at the flood relief donation distribution center. The briefing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above.
Congress demands answers into Michigan dam failures
DETROIT A U.S. House of Representatives Committee is now investigating the State and Federal Governments oversight of the dam failure in Midland County. Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingle and Fred Upton, along with the House Energy and Commerce Committee is demanding answers within two weeks to specific questions about how the Edenville Dam was inspected and allowed to operate. How did EGLE label the dam in fair structural condition when it took authority back in October 2018? A copy of Dingell and Uptons letter to FERC is available here. A copy of Dingell and Uptons letter to EGLE is available here.
More mid-Michigan residents sue Edenville, Sanford dam owners after flooding devastation
DETROIT – Buckfire Law Firm announced Tuesday two class-action lawsuits filed against Edenville and Sanford dam owners and the state of Michigan following the devastating flood emergency in central Michigan last month. Nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents evacuated their homes on May 20 after multiple dams were breached, causing a massive flooding emergency in the region. Tuesday’s lawsuits are part of a series of filings against the dam owners and state for allegedly neglecting to ensure the dams operated in accordance with federal guidelines. The dam owners have previously received multiple citations from federal regulators for failure to meet safety guidelines over the last decade. MORE: Residents want answers in Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsBuckfire Law is representing 19 mid-Michigan residents in the federal class-action lawsuit against dam owners Boyce Hydro and its manager Lee Mueller.
Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca
The lower level of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, which houses the children's section and the city's public television studio, also flooded. McDonald recalled spending time as a child in the midcentury library and sitting on Barcelona chairs and stools, a classic midcentury furniture design, in the gallery and other spaces. This is an incredible town, said Charles Mikkelsen, for whom living in a midcentury home had been a longtime dream. This time their home, which was built on a concrete slab and overlooks a creek, was filled with about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water. In 2017, it was flooded by less than a foot (0.3 meters) and it took 9 months to restore.
Communities chip in for family expecting child who lost everything in Midland flood
Communities chip in for family expecting child who lost everything in Midland floodPublished: May 27, 2020, 6:18 pmWhen flood waters came through Midland County last week, it pushed Sam and Richie O’Keefe’s home against the post office.
Debris line neighborhoods in mid-Michigan as community deals with damage from devastating floods
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was back in Midland County to announce an investigation into why the Edenville and Sanford dams gave way. A week later, piles of debris lined neighborhoods. READ: Shocking mid-Michigan flood pictures show ravaged roads, underwater houses, floating carsNeither of them know if their homes are stable enough to move back into. MORE: More than 800 volunteers visit Midland to help flood victims despite pandemicWatch the video above to hear from Coulson and Mills.
Debris line neighborhoods in mid-Michigan as community deals with damage from devastating floods
Debris line neighborhoods in mid-Michigan as community deals with damage from devastating floodsPublished: May 27, 2020, 5:17 pmOn Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was back in Midland County to announce an investigation into why the Edenville and Sanford dams gave way.
Gov. Whitmer requests investigation of dam breach that caused massive flooding in mid-Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer held a news conference on Wednesday to provide an update on the state’s response to the historic flooding event in Midland County. “This flooding forced thousands to evacuate their homes, destroyed public infrastructure, ruined homes and businesses, and caused major natural resource damage,” said Governor Whitmer. The Kriegers and Sperlings own adjacent properties and homes on the banks of the Tittabawassee River less than a mile south of the Edenville Dam. Whitmer extended the state of emergency for Midland County to include three additional counties last weekend. U.S. President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for Midland County last Thursday.
Communities chip in for family expecting child who lost everything in Midland flood
When flood waters came through Midland County last week, it pushed Sam and Richie OKeefes home against the post office. The couple is expecting to give birth to their daughter Sydney Thursday. Everything the family had prepared for baby Sydney was washed away when the dam broke. RELATED: Midland County residents sue state of Michigan over Edenville Dam failureThe couple shared their story on social media and people rushed to help -- one person drove three hours to drop off some baby items. The couple said its overwhelming how helpful others have been for Sydney.
Midland County residents sue state of Michigan over Edenville Dam failure
A 28-page complaint was filed in the Michigan Court of Claims by Edenville, Mich. residents David and Andrew Krieger and James and Margaret Sperling. The Kriegers and Sperlings own adjacent properties and homes on the banks of the Tittabawassee River less than a mile south of the Edenville Dam. According to the complaint, the 96-year-old earthen embankment failed after several days of heavy rain on May 19, 2020. The complaint states that the failure of the Edenville Dam and subsequent flooding of a large area in Midland County was caused, in part, by a failure of EGLE to order the necessary repairs to the dam. For decades, federal regulators had demanded changes to the design of the Edenville Dam to improve its ability to withstand flooding, and federal regulators had warned since at least 1993 that the dam failed to meet safety requirements, reads the complaint.
PGA professionals collect donations for mid-Michigan residents after flooding devastation
MIDLAND, Mich. Professional golfers in southeast Michigan are collecting donations to aid individuals and families affected by the massive flooding emergency in Midland last week. READ: Catastrophic flooding, evacuations in mid-Michigan as dams fail: What to knowPGA members Jordan Young and Brian Cairns are leading an initiative to collect two trailers worth of supplies and high demand products to donate to mid-Michigan residents. Officials said high priority supplies include nonperishable foods, personal hygiene products, blankets, new socks and clothes, gift cards, diapers and cleaning supplies. High priority is for nonperishable foods, personal hygiene products, blankets, new socks and clothes, gift cards, diapers and cleaning supplies. Learn more about volunteer or donation opportunities and disaster resources available to help mid-Michigan residents here.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer holds coronavirus news briefing
Published: May 26, 2020, 9:11 am Updated: May 26, 2020, 3:43 pmDETROIT Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a briefing on Tuesday to address the states ongoing response to coronavirus. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order late last week, but there are still segments of the state that will reopen this week. Michigan is now under a stay-at-home order until June 12, and a state of emergency until June 19.
Four Lakes Task Force halts purchase of mid-Michigan dams following floods
EDENVILLE, Mich. A task force that was set to acquire and improve mid-Michigan dams has halted the purchase after dam failures caused historic flooding last week. About 10,000 people in mid-Michigan were asked to evacuate their homes after multiple dams were breached, causing a major flooding emergency. Here is the full statement from the Four Lakes Task Force:"Recent events related to the Edenville dam failure were terrible and tragic for our community. All of us on the Four Lakes Task Force are devastated by our individual and collective losses, and our hearts go out to everyone who is impacted. The Four Lakes Task Force is collaborating with the Counties, lake communities and regulatory authorities on the best path forward as we assess the issues and work toward recovery.
Livonia teen raises money for victims of Midland floods
LIVONIA, Mich. A teenager from Livonia said she knew she had to do something when she saw the devastation caused by the floods in Midland County. When Caitlin Jodway was a junior in high school, she organized a swimathon for a friend with muscular dystrophy and a hundred swimmers participated. My grandmother lives on Wixom Lake, Jodway said. Just Devastating -- Wixom Lake becomes muddy field after dam failuresThankfully, the home wasnt destroyed but the Livonia family knew they wouldnt be spending the Memorial Day Weekend there. They will be dropped off at an area high school and be distributed by the United Way.
Sanford woman kayaks to floating home swept away by flood to recover mother’s ashes
Sanford woman kayaks to floating home swept away by flood to recover mother’s ashesPublished: May 23, 2020, 11:13 pmParsch and her friends are looking for her home in Sanford after it was swept away by the floods. When they first returned to the home’s location, they discovered only the foundation remained.
Sanford woman kayaks to floating home swept away by flood to recover mothers ashes
SANFORD, Mich. When the massive flooding overtook mid-Michigan earlier this week, Kathy Parsch was the last person to evacuate the village of Sanford. Nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes due to a massive flooding emergency triggered by dam failures on Tuesday. READ: Catastrophic flooding, evacuations in mid-Michigan as dams fail: What to knowNow Parsch and her friends are looking for her home in Sanford after it was swept away by the floods. Parsch and her friends found kayaks laying around and got into the water. The Sanford woman was on a mission to recover her mothers ashes that were left inside the home when she evacuated.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer adds 3 counties to flood-related state of emergency
Gretchen Whitmer has added three counties to her state of emergency issued as a result of two dam failures that caused devastating floods in the middle of the state. Arenac, Gladwin and Saginaw counties have been added to the state of emergency that was issued for Midland County. “I have declared an emergency to provide much needed assistance and have added Arenac, Gladwin and Saginaw counties to the declaration to ensure access to critical resources. (WDIV)Officials evacuated 750 Saginaw County residents, 500 Arenac County residents and more than 100 Gladwin County residents due to rising waters. By adding them to the state of emergency, Whitmer allows these three counties to receive law enforcement and shelter support, road repair help, search and rescue services and more.
Red Cross shelters open to help residents impacted by devastating mid-Michigan floods
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Historic flooding caused by dam failures forced thousands from their homes in mid-Michigan. The Edenville dam and Sanford dams failed. At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Edenville Dam that created Wixom Lake gave away. MORE: Residents in Midland County return after evacuationsThe American Red Cross is still helping residents impacted by the floods. READ: Residents want answers in Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsView the list of shelters below:
NASA images show difference in rivers, dams after flooding in mid-Michigan
DETROIT NASA released images that show just how devastating the historic flood was in mid-Michigan this week. The natural-color images show flooding across Midland County as observed by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. The slider below shows the Tittabawassee River on May 20, 2020 (right), compared to June 3, 2019 (left). The after photos show the level of water that emptied from dams and rivers into neighborhoods and surrounding areas. Major flooding in Mid-Michigan: How much rain fell, how historic was it?
Damage of floods revealed in Midland County as water recedes
SANFORD, Mich. Residents were allowed back into their neighborhoods as the floodwaters in Midland County receded. Houses, garages, vehicles and more were swept away in the devastating Tuesday floods. READ: Catastrophic flooding, evacuations in mid-Michigan as dams fail: What to knowTravis Barringer and Crystal Kerns had the only home in their neighborhood still standing, but it was filled with water and destroyed. The Edenville Dam failed Tuesday night and sent Wixom Lake into a neighborhood just down river. Kerns said they are staying with family and are hoping to find a place to call their own for their family and pets.
Sanford residents band together to clean up destroyed main street
SANFORD, Mich. Every business along the main street in Sanford has been damaged by the flood. A new energy can be found Friday on Saginaw Road as residents help clean and fix their community. READ: Catastrophic flooding, evacuations in mid-Michigan as dams fail: What to knowAll I could think of was that it looked like a war zone, said Pam Riggie, with Sanford Pizza. Not only is Sanford Pizza destroyed, photos inside of Riggies late father were also washed away. The customers who came for pick-up to help the business stay afloat during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders returned Friday to help clean up.
Residents, businesses sue dam operator over ruinous flooding
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate their homes after being overwhelmed by flooding along the Tittabawassee River and conjoining waterways. FeganScott, a law firm that specializes in class action suits, is representing businesses and homeowners affected by the flooding. Officials have said the Sanford Dam, built in 1925, was overflowing during the flooding but that the extent of structural damage wasnt known. Wixom Lake in Midland Countys Hope Township lost most of its water when the Edenville Dam failed.
Homeowners survey devastation of Midland County floods
Homeowners survey devastation of Midland County floodsPublished: May 21, 2020, 12:24 pmAuthorities were assessing damage Thursday as floodwaters from heavy rains that overtook two dams retreated in some mid-Michigan communities and continued to threaten others further downriver.
Trump declares emergency for flooded Michigan communities
President Donald Trump, who was in Michigan to visit a Ford production plant, signed an emergency declaration authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts. In Midland, 61 people spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning in temporary shelters, according to city spokeswoman Selina Tisdale. That number — mostly the elderly and families — dwindled throughout Thursday as floodwaters receded and some residents were able to return home, she said. Much of the area remained underwater, including in Midland, the headquarters of Dow Chemical Co. And floodwaters continued to threaten downstream communities. “And my hat’s off to Midland.”Other area residents returned to their homes to find heavy damage.
Michigan governor requests federal disaster declaration to aid Midland County flood response
Gretchen Whitmer has formally requested a federal disaster declaration to open aid to assist in responding to historic flooding in Midland County. “Over the past two days, a major rainfall event in mid-Michigan led to the failure of two dams and severe flooding in affected areas. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate as water surged into their streets, homes, and businesses in the county of Midland,” said Gov. The governor then called on President Trump to declare an emergency for Midland County on an expedited basis. More: Tittibiwassee River crests at 35 feet, could still be days before waters recedeOn May 19, Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in Midland County.
Your whole life is in a house and its gone -- Residents in Midland County return after evacuations
SANFORD, Mich. Many people who lived in Sanford returned home to find nothing left after Tuesdays dam failures and floods. Roads were blocked off so this is the first time we could get here," said Pat Perry. Its something you cant even fathom," Pat Perry said. Just Devastating -- Wixom Lake becomes muddy field after dam failuresYou can see where my house was," Jerry Perry said. Things are just things, but it is a hard pill to swallow," Pat Perry said.
WATCH: Aerial footage of Midland flood devastation on May 21
MIDLAND, Mich. New Local 4 footage shows the city of Midland largely underwater on Thursday following this weeks major flooding emergency in mid-Michigan. Watch the video below:The Edenville Dam broke on Tuesday evening and the Sanford Dam has been breached after heavy rainfall hit the region, causing massive flooding in the area. READ: Catastrophic flooding, evacuations in mid-Michigan as dams fail: What to knowNearly 10,000 residents in Edenville, Sanford and parts of Midland have been evacuated amid the major flooding emergency. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County on Tuesday night. The governor has since requested federal aid to assist with the states response to the flooding emergency.
President Trump signs federal emergency declaration to aid Midland County flood response
DETROIT President Trump has approved a request for federal aid in response to historic flooding in Midland County. Whitmer sent a letter to President Trump late Wednesday, requesting the declaration. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding. The governor then called on President Trump to declare an emergency for Midland County on an expedited basis. More: Tittibiwassee River crests at 35 feet, could still be days before waters recedeOn May 19, Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in Midland County.
Tittibiwassee River crests at 35 feet, could still be days before waters recede
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. A State of Emergency was declared for Midland County after two dams failed. The Edenville Dam broke and the Sanford Dam was breached late Tuesday night. It was almost a surreal piece of good news for the Midland County Emergency Management team to announce the Tittibiwassee River had crested at 35 feet on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.Its still 11 feet above flood stage and the area is still days away from the waters receding. On the Tobacco River, near the Edenville Dam people tried to salvage what they could. Unlike the Edenville Dam, where the water physically broke through -- sending parts of the dam downriver.
Local 4 News at 11 -- May 20, 2020
Published: May 20, 2020, 10:54 pm Updated: May 20, 2020, 11:42 pmHeres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 11:A live look at conditions after flooding devastates mid-MichiganA State of Emergency was declared for Midland County after two dams failed. The Edenville Dam broke and the Sanford Dam was breached late Tuesday night. An estimated 10,000 people are evacuating as floods have devastated towns.