Michigan Dam Failure Results in Catastrophic Flooding

Michigan Dam Failure Results in Catastrophic Flooding

Michigan Dam Failure Results in Catastrophic Flooding

Updated 5/21/20: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Michigan affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on May 16, 2020 and continuing.

FEMA Emergency Declaration Michigan (EM-3525)

Additional Resources:

CNBC (Photos Show Devastating Impacts of Michigan Floods)

Detroit Free Press (Mid-Michigan Flooding Crests at 35 Feet, Whitmer Requests FEMA Help)

MLiveFlood damage extends beyond Midland County, causing millions in damage in northern Michigan

Additional approximate locations impacted by possible home flooding:


Arenac County
– Au Gres (48703)
– Standish (48658)

Muskegon County
– Dalton (49445)
– Fruitland (49445, 49461)
– Fruitport (49415)
– Laketon (49445)
– Muskegon (49440, 49441, 49442, 49443, 49444, 49445)

Saginaw County
– Saginaw (48602)
*Home flooding reported in Riverside Blvd. area near Tittabawassee/Saginaw River

Disaster Alert
May 20, 2020

Source: USA Today

Additional Resource:

Office of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (Executive Order 2020-94 – Declaration of State of Emergency)


Locations currently under evacuation orders:


– Edenville (Midland County, 48620, 48628)

– Midland (Midland County, 48640, 48641, 48642, 48667, 48670, 48674)

– Sanford (Midland County, 48657)

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.

About 10,000 people were told to evacuate from parts of Michigan after floodwaters caused two dams to fail following heavy rain across the state.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached and warned that downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday afternoon.

Her office has been in touch with the federal government and will ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for support.

The floods have surpassed a high point of 33.9 feet set by a downpour in 1986, known as “the worst natural disaster in the state’s modern history.”

The dam collapses have led to impassable roads, a boil water advisory — and raised regulatory questions about Edenville Dam’s hydro-power generating license. It was unclear whether there were any fatalities from the flooding.

For full report, please click the source link above.