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Post by 8DonCo on Wed May 20, 2020 1:36 pm

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Thousands in Michigan evacuate after 2 dams are breached, and the governor warns city could soon be under '9 feet of water'

A rain-swollen river has breached two dams and flooded fields and streets in parts of mid-Michigan, forcing evacuation orders for thousands amid a coronavirus pandemic that's posing safety challenges Wednesday for officials trying to provide shelter.

Parts of the city of Midland and surrounding areas were virtual lakes Wednesday morning, and it could get worse. Downtown in Midland, a city of about 41,000 people downstream of the dams, could eventually be "under approximately 9 feet of water" on Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the prior night.
"This is a particularly dangerous situation. Seek higher ground now!" the National Weather Service [url=https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dtx&wwa=flash flood warning]said [/url]Wednesday morning in a flash flood warning statement.

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An aerial image captured by a drone shows the Edenville, Michigan, dam breach on Wednesday.

Water breached the Edenville and Sanford dams -- which normally contain the the Tittabawassee River to create two separate lakes -- north of Midland on Tuesday evening after days of heavy rain.
By Wednesday morning, water -- waist-deep in places near Sanford, video from CNN affiliate WDIV shows -- was lapping up against businesses and homes around the county.
Evacuation orders are in effect for about 3,500 homes and 10,000 people, Mark Bone, chairman of the Midland County Board of Commissioners, said he believes.
In Midland, about 150 residents of the Riverside Place senior residence -- many with walkers or riding in wheelchairs -- were among those who evacuated Tuesday evening, CNN affiliate WJRT reported.
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Mark Musselman brings a chair to the front of his house on Tuesday in Edenville, Michigan.
The scene wasn't easy to watch, said Toni Mclennan, a maintenance technician who checked the complex to make sure everyone was out.
Mclennan felt "sadness" and "the hope that they come back," she told the station. "I mean, especially with this pandemic and you're getting people in close quarters, it's probably that much more scary."
With the coronavirus pandemic months underway, officials in the county are juggling two public safety crises at once. The flood disaster is one of the first to test how local, state and federal response efforts can handle the dual challenge.
At least five shelters are running in the Midland area Wednesday -- at schools and family centers -- and flood evacuees are being screened for the illness, officials say.
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Floodwaters flow through a part of downtown Midland on Wednesday morning, close to a farmers' market with a green roof.
The governor declared an emergency for the flooding, and said previous orders relating to the coronavirus crisis are locally suspended if they impede emergency responses for the flooding.
Though Wednesday is sunny and rain is not expected to resume for days, the river still was rising in Midland -- and by Wednesday morning was already past the previous record of 33.89 feet. That was set during a major flood in the city in 1986.
At that height alone, the river will be flooding many homes, according to the National Weather Service. The river could crest at 38 feet Wednesday evening, according to the weather service.
Midland, about a 130-mile drive northwest of Detroit, is home to the Dow Chemical Co.


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