Ten thousand residents of Midland, MI, where Dow Chemical headquarters are located, and surrounding areas, have been ordered to evacuate following the collapse of the Edenville and Sandford Dams.
Photo of evacuations underway in the areas effected. Emergency workers helping people get over flooded bridges. #EdenvilleDam #Midland #Michigan #USA #Sanford #Edenville
— Aurora Intel – #StayHome (@AuroraIntel) May 20, 2020
Weather observer for KDTW, Stephen Szulborski tweeted about how Governor Whitmer warned about the seriousness of the flooding, saying: “Governor Whitmer in her press conference earlier this hour said they are projecting downtown Midland to be under 9′ of water in 12-15 hours. The river is expected to crest 4′ over the 500-year flood mark. This will go down as one of the worst disasters in Michigan history.
Governor Whitmer in her press conference earlier this hour said they are projecting downtown Midland to be under 9' of water in 12-15 hours. The river is expected to crest 4' over the 500 year flood mark. This will go down as one of the worst disasters in Michigan history.
— Stephen Szulborski (@Stebo_Wx) May 20, 2020
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Incredible videos show Edenville and Sanford Dams after they collapsed.
The Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam have now both failed.
Residents of Edenville & Sanford evacuate immediately & seek higher ground as far east Tittabawassee River as possible.
Stay Safe 🙏#EdenvilleDam #Midland #Michigan #SanfordDam pic.twitter.com/xGwVYfX8lE
— ~Marietta (@_MariettaDavis) May 20, 2020
Another shocking video was captured of the Edenville Dam collapsing in Midland County.
Breaking: Video shows the moment Edenville dam collapsed in Midland County, Michigan. Residents in Sanford and Edenville are urged to evacuate immediately. pic.twitter.com/4mgTpoMdYJ
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 20, 2020
The Sanford Dam followed…
Breaking News: The Sanford Dam’s collapse is imminent & residents are urged to evacuate immediately.
This warning comes shortly after Midland County Central Dispatch alert of the Edenville Dam failure.
Sending Prayers 🙏#SanfordDam#EdenvilleDam#Michiganpic.twitter.com/ACiBTZN7UK
— ~Marietta (@_MariettaDavis) May 20, 2020
Dow has a chemical plant on the Tittabawassee River, which is downstream of the Edenville Dam failure. The headquarters for Dow is located in Midland, MI.
DOW has a chemical plant in Midland, MI on the Tittabawassee River which is downstream of the Edenville, MI dam failure. Google Earth lists the plant about 40 feet higher than normal river level. Hopefully that is enough. Forecast brings the river about 24 feet above pool. pic.twitter.com/yA1aOByuFs
— Marc Weinberg (@MarcWeinbergWX) May 20, 2020
According to Bloomberg News, Dow has activated emergency operations:
The Tittabawassee River crested at nearly 34 feet in a 1986 flood that saw Dow Chemical shutter nearly all of its local operations.
Floodwaters in Midland are expected to reach nearly 4 feet higher than that https://t.co/sm6MG0baOQ via @business
— Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank) May 20, 2020
To put things in perspective, below, is a photo of downtown Midland today, BEFORE the first dam broke.
To help paint a picture of how bad it is, this was downtown #Midland earlier today BEFORE either dam broke.
This is going to be so bad 😔 pic.twitter.com/TFO29LAHTr
— Elizabeth Umberfield, RN (@LizUmberfield) May 20, 2020
Another incredible video shows the water rushing from the failed Edenville dam.
— DailyNewsf (@DailyNe25683877) May 20, 2020
Locations for shelters for evacuees are listed in the tweet below:
SHELTERS OPEN: If you live in Midland County and were told to evacuate your home due to breaching of Edenville and Sanford Dams, shelters are open now:
“If you have not evacuated the area, do so now and get somewhere safe,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just a few minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/M9DFJYXxf3
— Mark Cavitt (@MarkCavitt) May 20, 2020
Please pray for the residents and first responders in Midland, MI, and in surrounding areas, who are currently under lockdown in Michigan and now are in danger of losing everything in these catastrophic floods.