MIDLAND, Mich. — Authorities are warning it could take days to fully assess damage from flooding that submerged houses, washed out roads and threatened a Superfund site in Central Michigan.
Floodwaters from heavy rains that overtook two dams are retreating in some communities Thursday, but continue to threaten others farther downriver. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she talked to President Donald Trump and hopes he'll sign a federal emergency declaration.
The flooding forced the evacuation of about 11,000 people in the Midland area. Officials caution it could take days for the water to recede. Wixom Lake is nearly empty after the nearly century-old Edenville Dam failed.
Flooding, dam breaches in Midland County
More Midland County Flooding coverage on 13 ON YOUR SIDE:
- Gov. Whitmer requests federal emergency declaration to aid in flood response
- Michigan dam had repeated safety violations before flooding
- Midland flood displaces thousands, threatens chemical plant
- Michigan House speaker says Midland will get state help
- Midland Hospital does not plan to evacuate amid historic flooding
- State of emergency declared after 2 mid-Michigan dams breached
- 2 Michigan dams breached, thousands evacuated amid flooding
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