Michigan state governor Gretchen Whitmer declared an emergency for Midland county on Tuesday, May 19, after two dams collapsed due to heavy rain. Authorities have issued evacuation notices for around 3500 homes and 10,000 people due to the fears of flooding following the breaches. Heavy rain over the past few days caused the Edenville and Sanford dams to collapse and residents have been advised to seek higher ground as far as possible from the Tittabawassee river. Whitmer warned that in the coming hours downtown Midland could be under 3 m (9 ft) of water.
Significant flooding and associated transport disruption are expected in the coming hours.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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