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Published 05/20/2020
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"500 Year Flood" Devastates Midland, Central Michigan

"Wixom Lake Is Gone"
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VIDEO: See Shocking Images from Midland
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Web Page Established for Michigan EGLE Updates, Information Related to Midland Dam Failures
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Congressman Issues Statement

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has created a web page to post updates, documents and information from EGLE related to the Midland area dam failures.

Of the four affected dams near the Midland emergency, the Secord Dam, Smallwood Dam and Sanford Dam, are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The fourth, the 96-year-old Edenville Dam, was under FERC regulation until late 2018 after its license to generate hydropower was revoked by FERC. At that point, it was transferred to EGLE’s regulatory authority.  

EGLE was in the process of reviewing federal records and had conducted an initial inspection in October of 2018 finding that it was in fair structural condition. However, EGLE did have strong concerns that the dam did not have enough spillway capacity, which allows water to flow out of the Wixom Lake impoundment. to meet state requirements.  

EGLE had expressed those concerns to the owners’ consultants, were continuing conversations about that deficiency and had taken enforcement action against the dam’s owner for drawing down water levels without permission, and for damage to natural resources as a result of those drawdowns. EGLE was pursuing additional enforcement action at the time of the breach.

Lack of investment in dam infrastructure is not uncommon in Michigan dams, which have suffered from deferred maintenance over the course of decades. That, combined with the historic rainfall and the flooding, were factors in the Edenville failure.

Images from WDIV-TV offer a glimpse into the shocking aftermath.  See the video below.

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The Governor described it as a "500 year flood" at a Wednesday press conference at Midland High School that was attended by 4th Congressional District Congressman, John Moolenaar.  Moolenaar, who represents the affected counties as well as Shiawassee County, later issued the following statement: 

"Mid Michigan residents pull together in challenging times and we will get through this unprecedented flooding.

Right now, the most important thing is staying safe, and I urge everyone to follow the advice of officials who are working tirelessly to protect our communities. Please do not walk through standing water or drive down streets that are closed. There could be dangers in the high water that are not visible.

I am working with state and local officials throughout the region. The Michigan State Police and the National Guard are on the ground and assisting with efforts to protect residents. 

Last night, my office opened communication with FEMA and we are preparing to assess needs once the water recedes and evaluations can be made. I will be working to help our region get back on its feet after this devastating event and I know we can come through this stronger as a community. 

Thank you for all you are doing to help those in need during this crisis. We will come through this together. 

Sincerely,
John"

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