Red Alert! Michigan Dam fails & 2nd Dam is in danger of failing! 282 Rivers are flooding in USA RN.
The Edenville Dam in Central Michigan has broken and now the Sanford Dam is at risk of failing. Evacuations are underway!
God bless everyone,
Edenville Dam breaks, sparking immediate evacuations in Michigan
The Edenville Dam structure broke in Gladwin County, Michigan, which sparked immediate evacuations in the area Tuesday evening. Now, the Sanford Dam that is downstream is at risk of failure.
A slow-moving storm doused Michigan with heavy rains over the last couple of days, triggering flood warnings across the state and forcing some residents to evacuate their homes amid the looming threat of dam failure.
At least two rivers in mid-Michigan, the Tittabawassee River in Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling, reached their major flood stage on Tuesday afternoon, sending dams past their limits.
Areas around Midland reported 3-4 inches of rain since Sunday, which produced a "tremendous" amount of runoff and is causing significant rises on the river system, the National Weather Service said.
The Tittabawassee Fire and Rescue rescued the driver of a pickup truck after the vehicle was swept away while trying to drive on a flooded roadway on Tuesday, according to WNEM.
“A very slowly moving storm system and cold front pushing through the Midwest has produced anywhere from 100 to 200 mm (3 to 8 inches) of rainfall in just the past week from the western Great Lakes through northern Indiana and into southern Missouri,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston said.
Edenville Township residents along Sanford and Wixom lakes northwest of Midland were urged to evacuate their homes and advised to make arrangements to stay elsewhere through Wednesday. Shelters have been set up at schools in the area.
Officials in Arenac County and Gladwin County, Michigan, also urged residents to evacuate due to the possible dam breach from flash flooding along the Tittabawassee and Cedar rivers.
As floodwaters continued rising, threatening to cut off road access, emergency personnel warned citizens about the potential dangers of flooding and to find alternative routes if met with road closures. If drivers are caught going around a barricade, it can result in a traffic violation with a substantial fine, according to road commission officials.
Officials with Bay County Road Commission said the county is experiencing water over roads in some areas and water issues with draining. The commission is in the process of working on a map of roads closed and water over the road, according to the commission’s Facebook post.
“With all the rain we are getting, the river is rising and roads may be underwater. If you see water over the road, please do not attempt to drive thru it. Find an alternate route. Also, We are also aware there are water issues with draining. We just received a very large amount of rain and it has no where to go. Please be patient over the next couple days,” the post reads, MLive reports.