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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 20 2020, @01:19PM   Printer-friendly

2 Dams Fail in Michigan, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate :

Severe flooding struck central Michigan on Wednesday after two dams were breached and days of heavy rainfall, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents and prompting officials to warn of life-threatening danger.

The failures on Tuesday of the Edenville Dam and the Sanford Dam, about 140 miles northwest of Detroit, led the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for areas near the Tittabawassee River, with downstream effects expected from Midland to Saginaw overnight. Residents in nearby towns, including Edenville, Sanford and Midland, were evacuated.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a news conference on Tuesday that downtown Midland, with a population of more than 41,000, could be under nine feet of water by Wednesday morning.

[...] The Tittabawassee River was expected to crest at 38 feet by 8 a.m. Wednesday, more than four feet higher than its record of 34 feet set in 1986. The flood stage is at 24 feet.

Dow Chemical Company, based in Midland, has activated its emergency operations center and will be adjusting operations, Rachelle Schikorra, a spokeswoman, told The Associated Press.

According to Detroit Free Press:

In 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory 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 Edenville Dam, which was built in 1924, was rated in unsatisfactory condition in 2018 by the state. The Sanford Dam, which was built in 1925, received a fair condition rating.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @01:36PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @01:36PM (#996872)

    But don't be too quick to discount jihadi terrorism. Jihadis hate dams.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by aiwarrior on Wednesday May 20 2020, @01:43PM (1 child)

    by aiwarrior (1812) on Wednesday May 20 2020, @01:43PM (#996875) Journal

    Yeah with all the money spent to go to the other side of the world to kill and be killed over literally nothing, dams burst like a broken country...

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday May 20 2020, @02:31PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday May 20 2020, @02:31PM (#996899)

      Oil isn't nothing, oil is what keeps the oiligarchy rolling in gold - if they didn't have their wealth they'd be such hollow shells of nothingness they'd kill themselves - the Arabian adventures are really a fight for survival for them.

      Україна досі не є частиною Росії. Слава Україні 🌻
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by bzipitidoo on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:54PM

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:54PM (#996940) Journal

    Maybe there were 5G capable cell phone towers on top of the upstream dam?

  • (Score: 2) by driverless on Thursday May 21 2020, @03:21AM

    by driverless (4770) on Thursday May 21 2020, @03:21AM (#997232)

    Naah, it's anti-porn crusaders who are offended by the fact that it's the Tits'n'Assee River that's reported to be in flood.