2 dams fail in Michigan, forcing 10,000 evacuations

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Midland County after two dams breached following heavy rains.

Whitmer warned that downtown Midland, a city of 40,000 and the home of Dow Chemical, could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday afternoon. “If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now,” Whitmer said. “If you don’t, go to one of the shelters that have opened across the county.”


About 10,000 people were evacuated from areas that could face flooding despite Whitmer’s stay-at-home order imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “This is truly a historic event that’s playing out in the midst of another historic event,” Whitmer said.

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