Thousands Evacuated as Flooding Worsens in Michigan

Posted on May 20, 2020 2:19 pm
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Thousands of residents were evacuated Wednesday in Midland, Michigan, and the surrounding area after two dams failed following several days of rain, causing severe flooding.

On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in the area and urged residents to move to safety.

The National Weather Service said the Tittabawassee River’s current water levels exceeded the 1986 record of 33.8 feet (10.3 meters). The NWS expects the river to crest at 38 feet (10.3 meters) by Wednesday evening.

“In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet (2.7 meters) of water,” Whitmer said in

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