Gretchen Whitmer announced that she will be formally asking FEMA for support after two dams were breached leaving families "absolutely devastated." The Dow facility stands surrounded by flooding from the Tittabawassee River in this aerial photographer taken after dams failed in Midland, Michigan, on May 20, 2020. log in to manage your profile and account, LANSING, Mich. — (AP) — Gov. Aid the state is requesting includes but is not limited to debris removal, mobile bridges to ensure access for emergency response vehicles and equipment to flooded areas, emergency medical responders from the National Guard, and technical assistance and sandbags from the US Army Corps of Engineers. 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This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Gretchen Whitmer has demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail last week, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press May 27, 2020, 3:56 PM “I also asked EGLE to review the issue of dam safety in Michigan and provide recommendations on policy, legislative and enforcement reforms that can prevent these harms from being repeated elsewhere.”. By using this website, you accept the terms of our Visitor Agreement and Privacy Policy, and understand your options regarding Ad Choices. © 2020 Cox Media Group. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. Parts of Midland, a city of some 42,000 residents about 120 miles (193 km) northwest of Detroit, were submerged under 5 feet (1.5 m) of water before the river crested a few feet lower than expected. 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Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. “Over the past two days, a major rainfall event in mid-Michigan led to the failure of two dams and severe flooding in affected areas. “The restrictions are absolutely necessary right now. Atlas later tweeted that he “NEVER” would endorse or incite violence. Still, the devastation goes beyond money. Gretchen Whitmer and President Donald Trump seemed to set aside deep partisan differences and agree on one thing: The state's residents need more help. During a pandemic and a day after one of Michigan's worst floods, Gov. Michigan Governor Declares State of Emergency, as Dams Fail Downtown Midland could soon be under 9 feet of water in unprecedented flooding, governor warns We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. National Guard troops assisted in moving some evacuees out of harm’s way. Floodwaters flow through a part of downtown Midland on Wednesday morning, close to a farmers' market with a green roof. "We don't want the spread of COVID-19 to grow, especially in a region where we've had to move people so much," she said. Follow David Eggert at ", “There are a lot of problems that come with the owner of this particular dam,” Whitmer said. Read more about cookies here. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate as water surged into their streets, homes, and businesses in the county of Midland,” said Gov. © 2020 ", But, Whitmer's remarks Thursday also made more than a plea for help to recover from the flooding. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it repeatedly raised concerns about the dam’s ability to prevent flooding during extreme conditions because of its inadequate spillway capacity. Whitmer responded to a tweet sent Sunday night by Scott Atlas, a science adviser to Trump, who urged people to "rise up" after the governor's announcement. The governor also urged residents to keep following evacuation orders in the impacted areas. “There is a lot of information out there that is not exactly accurate, one of which is the assumption that it was the state that said to raise the levels.”, “Now, of course they have all sorts of ecological concerns, but it also was because of a court order is my understanding,” she continued. “I’m committed to doing everything I can to hold those responsible for the dams’ safety accountable,” she told reporters in Midland, one of the communities that was submerged. To view the governor’s letter, click the link below: Mich request - Letter from Gov. She noted that lawmakers enacted laws keeping intact unemployment benefits and addressing other matters after the state Supreme Court's October ruling striking down a law she repeatedly used to respond to the pandemic, but said her administration can continue largely combatting the pandemic unilaterally under a health law. Michigan Gov. We encountered an issue signing you up. The agency in 2018 revoked the hydropower-generating license for the Edenville structure, accusing its operators of various deficiencies. Asked if the state can do anything to assist closed businesses and their soon-to-be laid-off employees, Whitmer again urged Trump and Congress to enact a relief law. Mid-Michigan's catastrophic flooding adds to state's pandemic woes, What we know: Mid-Michigan flooding crests at 35 feet, FEMA help requested. “It’s just incredibly reckless considering everything that has happened, everything that is going on,” Whitmer said. Floodwaters are confirmed to be 'comingling with on-site containment ponds' at the sprawling Dow plant. Flood Warning is in effect. 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