First the Coronavirus, now this?! Michigan Evacuates from Dam Destructions

Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer warned people to get themselves out to safety, after two dams broke in central Michigan, where one downtown could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday.  People living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland county were ordered to leave home.

Michigan saw an unusually high rainfall this year, and coupled with aging infrastructure (Edenville Dam having been built in 1924 and Sanford Dam in 1925), the weight of the water was simply too much on the dams. Edenville Dam received unsatisfactory grade by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2018.

The flooding of the Tittabawassee River this time has beat the last highest record of 33.9 feet during 1986 flooding, with 34.4 feet on Wednesday morning.

Michigan also has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates at 53,009, with death toll now at 5,060.

As social distancing suggestions are still in effect, this evacuation could prove to be particularly difficult for the Michiganders living in the Midland area.

Pres. Trump will arrive in Michigan on Thursday.

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