Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer has warned that downtown Midland “could be under approximately 9 feet of water” on May 20 after two dams overflowed and flooding affected a wide area.
According to local news reports, evacuation orders were expected to displace up to 10,000 residents after heavy rain caused the Edenville and Sanford dams on the Tittabawassee River to overflow.
The Detroit News reported that the river was at 30.49 feet by 9 pm May 19, and was expected to reach 38 feet by May 20.
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, posted to Facebook by Sheri Gaborik Pawlowski on May 19, shows deep floodwater in Billings Township, which is situated on Wixom Lake near the Edenville Dam.
In the video, Pawlowski drives through the flooding on South Pine Street, where water levels almost reach the top of mailboxes.
Whitmer declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.
“We are anticipating an historic high water level,” she said in a press conference. Credit: Sheri Gaborik Pawlowski via Storyful