Dams collapse: MI governor declares state of emergency, extreme flooding expected

Dams collapse: MI governor declares state of emergency, extreme flooding expected

Dams collapse: MI governor declares state of emergency, extreme flooding expected

"And so we do know the water is continuing to rise, albeit at a slower pace, but that's why we've got to continue to take this seriously".

The Dow facility could also be at risk of flooding. The company discharged dioxins, chemical compounds which can cause reproductive harm and cancer, into the river.

"Well, flooding update in Freeland, Michigan just south of Midland". It is expected to crest in Midland around 8 p.m.at 38 feet, which is more than 4 feet above the previous record.

In 2018, the commission revoked the license of the company that operated the Edenville Dam due to non-compliance issues that included spillway capacity and the inability to pass the most severe flood reasonably possible in the area.

The Superfund cleanup sites are downriver from the century-old plant, which for decades had released chemicals into the nearby waterways.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he was closely monitoring the situation and praised first responders.

"This is another example of the Trump administration putting vulnerable communities in harms way by sidelining science" said Carter. "Experts are describing this as a 500-year event".

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Floodwaters overflow at Sanford Dam Michigan U.S. in this

At 7:36 PM tonight, dispatch reported that the Edenville Dam on the Tittabawassee River had failed and that the failure of the Sanford Dam is "imminent".

Further down the Tittabawassee River, communities in Saginaw County were on alert for flooding. REUTERS/Drone Base He said flood waters had already reached five feet in parts of downtown. Shelters are now being set up at Midland County ESA, Midland High School, and West Midland Family Center.

Downtown Midland could be under nine feet of water - historic water levels from flash flooding - according to the governor. State officials from multiple departments have been on-site throughout the day.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and thousands were being evacuated.

Whitmer said it was unthinkable that a disaster was occurring on top of the current global coronavirus pandemic, "but we are here, and to the best of our ability we are going to navigate this together".

"Can we link the record rainfall in MI, which is collapsing dams and leading to "catastrophic" flooding, to climate change?"

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