The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the length of the Tittabawassee River after the Edenville and Sanford dams failed, which followed days of heavy rain in Michigan, Illinois, and across the Midwest.
Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County after the dams were breached. Whitmer encouraged Midland County residents to go to another part of the state or seek shelter at a number of local facilities.
Local media reported that the evacuations would include the towns of Edenville, Sanford, and parts of the city of Midland, which is home to 42,000 people.
This footage, filmed by Anthony Clark on May 20, shows an aerial view of floodwaters in Midland. Credit: Anthony Clark via Storyful