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US News United States: 11,000 people evacuated after two overflows of dams

12:45  21 may  2020
12:45  21 may  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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About 10, 000 people in central Michigan were told to evacuate their homes after rapidly rising water overwhelmed dams , creating what the National Weather Service called Emergency responders went door to door early Tuesday morning warning residents living near the Edenville Dam of the rising water.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for one county after two dams failed in the area -- following heavy rains and flash floods across the state .

Very large-scale floods are feared by the authorities in Midland, a city of 41,000 inhabitants located in central Michigan.

The situation is very worrying. Nearly 11,000 people have been evacuated in central Michigan after the overflow of two dams that raised fears of "historic" floods, authorities in the northern US state announced on Wednesday.

Heavy rains in recent days have caused breaches at the Edenville and Sanford dams, and caused a sudden surge in the Tittabawassee River which borders Midland, a town of 41,000 people 200 km north of Detroit.

The river has invaded part of the city, with almost three meters of water in some places, flooded the ground floor of the municipal library, and blocked the passage on several bridges spanning the river. About 10,000 city residents and 950 people living in surrounding villages have been forced to leave the area, Midland County official Mark Bone told a news conference.

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Thousands are under evacuation orders in mid-Michigan Wednesday morning, a day after two dams failed following heavy rain across the state . People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of 10, 000 people evacuating amid pandemic.

Unexplained overflows

The flood caused no deaths or serious injuries, he said, calling on the population to take refuge with relatives or in the emergency reception centers which received around 500 people. According to Mr. Bone, the maximum level of the river was expected at 11.60 m in the evening, a record for this city already hit by a historic flood in 1986.

The State of Michigan wants to determine the cause of the overflow of the two dams , including Edenville, said Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, who traveled to Midland. The license to operate the dam was revoked in 2018, state regulators said it could not handle a major flood, according to local media.

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Evacuation orders issued for the areas located in and around the city of #Midland #Michigan following the collapse of the Edenville dam pic.twitter.com/9q0cYijbng

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10, 000 people are ordered to evacuate in Midland County when dams break after days of heavy rain.

About 10, 000 people have been evacuated in Midland County, Whitmer said, after days of heavy rain caused a swollen river to overflow its banks Scenes from the United States as the country grapples with more than 1.5 million coronavirus cases and dozens of states move to ease stay-at-home orders.

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"The state will consider all possible legal remedies because someone must be held responsible for this incredible damage," said Ms. Whitmer, noting that "the problem has been known for a long time. " Midland Mayor Brad Kaye said the Sanford Dam was submerged "between 60 and 80 percent" and that it was difficult under these conditions to determine the strength of the structure.

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This disaster comes as Michigan is one of the states in the country most affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The governor asked the evacuees to wear a mask and to respect the barrier gestures to avoid contamination in the shelters.

"It's hard to believe that we are in the midst of a crisis that only happens every 100 years, a global pandemic, and that we also have to manage what seems to be the worst flood in 500 years", said Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer declared a state of emergency Tuesday night, anticipating "historic water levels" in downtown Midland.

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Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10, 000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water" by Wednesday. We are a news channel covering science alert around the world weather events , meteor

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is already managing a public health crisis in one of the states that has been hard hit by Covid-19, announced an

Devastating flooding near Midland. We’re as East far as we can go on Isabella Street ... which is partially flooded itself. These pictures don’t do it justice. Homes behind me are in at least three feet of water. If you have not evacuated, call 911 and please get out. @WOODTV pic.twitter.com/dvWZgyJzcL

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The meteorological services have issued a flood warning bulletin along the river, valid until Thursday morning, considering that the situation was "particularly dangerous". The Dow chemical group, headquartered in Midland, has announced the implementation of anti-flood and anti-pollution measures at its sites located in the risk zone.

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The group has confirmed that water has seeped into retention basins, said county administrator Bridgette Gransden. The company has "activated its emergency plan to determine a possible environmental impact", she added.

President Donald Trump assured on Twitter that the White House is "closely monitoring" these floods. "Stay safe and listen to local officials," he wrote to residents. He is due to visit a factory of the car manufacturer Ford in Ypsilanti, 200 km south of Midland, on Thursday. Michigan is a key state for the November presidential election in which the Republican billionaire will run for a second four-year term.

Say what you want about Midland, but in a time of need this city responds 100 times over pic.twitter.com/wdt3ROpS5W

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"I know the president has to come in Michigan tomorrow, I intend to give him a full account before they arrive, "said Whitmer, a Democrat who has been the target of criticism from Trump for refusing to relax the measures. containment in the face of the pandemic.

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