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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: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:04PM (8 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:04PM (#996917) Homepage Journal

    Ehhhh - I survived Maine, when 5 dams broke on the same day. 2 dams should be a breeze, lol.

    OK, to be fair, none of those dams were very big, but five did give way in the aftermath of a hurricane torrential downpour.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:09PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:09PM (#996918)

    Ehhhh - I survived Maine, when 5 dams broke on the same day. 2 dams should be a breeze, lol.

    Ehhhh - luckily, the number of dams still standing are finite, after a while all of them will be down. One needs only to survive until then.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:53PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday May 20 2020, @03:53PM (#996939)

    We had been stuck in traffic since 6:45am, had traveled all of about 75 miles in the previous 14 hours, and was stopped dead just under the Lake Conroe dam on the 105 with nothing better to do than read the contour lines on the map and calculate how many hours remained before the hurricane overtook us at present rates of travel... Luckily, around midnight things broke up and we started making normal 50mph progress inland - then we ran out of gas...

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @04:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @04:48PM (#996969)

    On a related note, Trump threatens Michigan over mail in votes, whatever happened to the "states rights" party?

    Keep buckling for fascism, totally doesn't make you look stupid.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @05:53PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @05:53PM (#997002)

    Sweet! Not all conservatives are lost to the current madness.

    Bill Kristol, a prominent conservative Trump critic, said on Twitter that his group, Defending Democracy Together, was buying airtime in Michigan ahead of the president’s visit for a new advertisement in defense of safe and secure voting.

    “Today President Trump threatened to harm the people of Michigan because their elected officials are making it easier for them to vote,” Mr. Kristol tweeted.

    Defending Trump makes you a traitor since he is working hard to destroy our democracy, violate state's rights, and make himself a dictator with "absolute authority." I wish I was making this stuff up, but go ahead Runaway, keep blaming the dems while your boy keeps being blatantly fascist.

    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:20AM (2 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:20AM (#997162) Journal

      When motherloving Kristol is (the closest thing to...) a voice of reason and compassion in the party, they've sunk so low they have to look up to see a snake's gut in a wagon rut. And salute it.

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      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:50AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:50AM (#997174)

        I knew nothing about him but that sounds about right. We can be happy then, if someone that bad is calling out Trump then there is actually hope for our future. I've been worried that conservatives would en masse goose step us into disaster, but 2020 is looking like Trump will suffer similarly to Clinton. The only thing keeping him appearing relevant is the sheer number of bots, shills, and clueless idiots like Runaway :)

        BTW so glad you pushed Runaway into admitting he's a homophobe, still not quite sure why he did. I guess that isn't as bad as the R-word yet lol. Also he admitted his kids don't talk to him. I almost feel bad trashing him so I have to remind myself how gleeful he was about the chance to murder him some libs and support shitstains like Trump.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 21 2020, @01:07PM

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 21 2020, @01:07PM (#997356) Journal

          Being a homophobe is way, way far down the list of his sins. I don't care that he hates queer people; all it means is I do better with women than he does, and he's eatin' his cirrhotic old liver over it, LOL! And the fixation on gay men doing butt stuff he's got is really, really telling. IMO this is a closeted bisexual with some serious psych issues.

          Don't feel bad about trashing him. He's voluntarily shredded his human card, and he'll be dead of circulatory issues in ~5 years anyway if I haven't missed the tells :)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @09:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 20 2020, @09:38PM (#997105)

    Strangely, even this is all about Runaway. OK, Boomer!