TWO Michigan dams have burst, sending 38 feet of floodwater rushing through Midland County.

The collapse, which the county said was caused by heavy rains over the past few days, has prompted a state of emergency and evacuations in the area.

"The Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam have failed," a statement from the county said.

Residents of Edenville and Sanford should evacuate immediately."

Around 10,000 people in the area have been urged to find higher ground amid flooding fears.

The Edenville Dam collapsed around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Midland Daily News Reported.

As Midland residents anticipated the Edenville and Sanford Dams to collapse, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Twitter she would issue an emergency declaration.

“This is unlike anything we’ve seen in Midland County,” Whitmer said Tuesday as she declared a state of emergency.

”If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now.”



The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for areas along the Tittabawassee River as the Edenville Dam burst.

“It is possible that flood water moving downstream could be released through the emergency spillway of Sanford Dam leading to a rapid rise of the river downstream in addition to the flooding already underway between Sanford Dam and Midland,” the NWS said on its site.

Video showed water flowing over roads and around homes as the dams burst.


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