The governor of Michigan ordered the evacuation of thousands after 2 dams failed

The governor of Michigan ordered the evacuation of thousands after 2 dams failed
The governor of Michigan ordered the evacuation of thousands after 2 dams failed, saying a city could be under '9 feet of water'.

Thousands of people are under evacuation orders in mid-Michigan Wednesday morning, a day after two dams failed after heavy rains across the state.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County on Tuesday night, when both the Edenville and Sanford dams were raped and called for immediate evacuation.

"If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now," he said. "If you don't, go to one of the shelters that are open throughout the county."

According to the City of Midland website, residents should "look for higher ground" to the east and west of the Titabavasi River as much as possible.

"In the next 12 to 15 hours, the city of Midland could be under about 9 feet of water," Whitmer said at a news conference Tuesday night. "We are estimating high historical levels of water."

The coronovirus epidemic leads to flooding, forcing officials to grapple with two public safety crises at once. Shelters have been established and flood protection is being evaluated for the disease.

According to the governor's statement, any emergency order issued in response to a coronovirus crisis is suspended if it disrupts emergency response efforts.

The National Weather Service in Detroit said flash flood emergencies continued in Midland County until 7:30 am. ET Wednesday.

Set in September 1986, the Titabwassee River set a record for Wednesday morning to emerge in Midland beyond the former 33.89-foot mark. The river was still rising, and is estimated to rise about 38 feet ET before moving slowly at 8 o'clock at night.

10,000 people dropping out in the middle of an epidemic

He said about 3,500 homes and 10,000 people had been affected by the evacuation notice, with Mark Bone, president of the Midland County Board of Commissioners, saying he believes. He said that no deaths or injuries were reported.

Teams are trying to locate people arriving at shelters, Bone said, and emergency personnel have plenty of personal protective equipment and wear masks.

He said that masks are available for those who go to the asylum.

"Going through it in the midst of a global epidemic is almost unimaginable. But we are here and to the best of our ability, we are going to sail together," Whitmer said.

Please continue covering your face when you can go to a shelter or with a friend or relative, ”Whitmer said.

Whitmer said the Michigan Army National Guard is on site, with 100 soldiers inspecting around the area.

Midmigan Medical Center in Midland said it was not empty.

In the press release, President Greg Rogers said, "We are working closely with local agencies, who are closely observing the rapid changes caused by the floods."

"We have transferred some patients who were identified by their doctor. We have no current plans to evacuate."

The hospital said it has improved hospital safety since the 1986 floods, including the FEMA-approved flood wall located on the Medical Center property and the generator built into the floodplain.

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