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Dam Failure in Michigan

Thu May 21, 2020 7:02 pm

Rapidly rising water led to the evacuation of 10,000 people after a dam failure in Michigan and one town could be under 9 feet of water. Residents in the area had to evacuate twice in less than 24 hours and the event is being described as a one in 500 year event. Catastrophic dam failures occured at the Edenville Dam 140 miles north of Detroit and Sanford Dam 7 miles downriver. Edenville Dam, built got an unsatisfactory score in 2018 and Sanford Dam built in 1925 got a fair score that year. The federal government had warned about the possibility of Edenville Dam failing for years before yesterday's event. Downtown Midland, eight miles downstream of Sanford Dam was especially under threat of flooding with 9 feet of water expected there and the city has 42,000 residents. The same storm led to power going out in the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago after it's basement flooded. The dam failures in Michigan come at a time when Michigan is already dealing with the coronavirus and will put a greater strain on resources. It is a historic event that could not have come at a worse time. ... -flooding/

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