Watch videos, see tweets of flood damage from Edenville Dam failure

Scott Arthur of Freeland stares at the rising floodwaters of the Tittabawasee River as they break over the road and close the Freeland Road bridge on Wednesday. (Bridge photo by Dale G. Young)

The collapse of the Edenville Dam on the border of Midland and Gladwin counties in mid-Michigan on Tuesday has forced the evacuations of some 10,000 residents in the Tittabawassee River and many have taken to social media to share their experiences.

During a news conference Tuesday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer indicated that “Midland could be under 9 feet of water,” urging residents to evacuate immediately.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Tittabawassee River stood at 34.9 ft — nearly 11 feet above Flood Stage and a foot above the 1986 record.

Evacuations on Tuesday forced thousands of mid-Michigan residents into emergency shelters to wait out the night. Michael Sharrow, the superintendent of Midland Public Schools, posted photos late Tuesday night showing evacuees sheltering at Midland High School.

As the water continued to rise into Wednesday morning, Mid-Michigan residents faced neighborhoods and roads completely overrun with floodwaters.

Images of the aftermath of the historic flooding in mid-Michigan have emerged as some upriver begin to assess the damage on Wednesday.

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Too late for Midland
Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:52pm

Senator Stamas, do you see? This is why we need regulations and enforcement. GOP please shut down Line 5 now.