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.
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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.
#Midland Here’s a short video of Wixxum dam “the first dam to colapse” proceeding to worsen. We’ve been evacuated from our apartments that we JUST moved into today, and dont have rentals insurance. Unfortunately we’re right in the bullseye of the flood. pic.twitter.com/l8IHuKMJxP— Lucas (@Turbaru) May 20, 2020
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.
We have a large crowd of elderly residents at MHS tonight. Tough to see them go through this. Many school and community members assisting them. pic.twitter.com/NvAOvMpcqv— Michael Sharrow (@MichaelSharrow2) May 20, 2020
As the water continued to rise into Wednesday morning, Mid-Michigan residents faced neighborhoods and roads completely overrun with floodwaters.
This is a road in Midland, Michigan running along a creek that feeds into the main river. We moved from this neighborhood last fall. Some friends are staying with us and we went back in to get their pets this morning. Water is still rising. pic.twitter.com/T5YbbC5r8o— Jarrett Skorup (@JarrettSkorup) May 20, 2020
Images of the aftermath of the historic flooding in mid-Michigan have emerged as some upriver begin to assess the damage on Wednesday.