Thousands Evacuated as River Dams Break in Central Michigan

Posted on May 20, 2020 4:16 am
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 Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday.

For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday evening urged anyone near the river to seek higher ground following “castastrophic dam failures” at the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles (225.31 kilometers) north of Detroit, and the Sanford Dam, about seven miles (11.26 kilometers) downriver.

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