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Dual Dam Failures Cause Major Flooding in Central Michigan (PHOTOS)

May 20 2020 02:25 PM EDT

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   Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) <img class="styles__noscript__2rw2y" src="https://s.w-x.co/util/image/w/ap_20141723913947_0.jpg?v=at&w=485&h=273" srcset="https://s.w-x.co/util/image/w/ap_20141723913947_0.jpg?v=at&w=485&h=273 400w, https://s.w-x.co/util/image/w/ap_20141723913947_0.jpg?v=ap&w=980&h=551 800w" >
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   Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

   Both the Edenville and the Sanford dams failed in Central Michigan on Tuesday night, flooding Midland County. The dam failure occurred after the area received three to five inches in two days.

   About 10,000 people in parts of several central Michigan counties were evacuated Tuesday night and a state of emergency was declared for Midland County, which is about 150 miles north of Detroit.

   (MORE: Chemical Plant Activates Emergency Plan)

   A flood warning remained effect Wednesday afternoon in northeastern Midland County, and The National Weather Service in Detroit warned of life threatening flooding as the river rose to a record 34.4 feet near the city of Midland. While the rain had stopped, flood waters released in the dam failures continued to move downriver.

   A nearby chemical plant, Dow Chemical, shut down operations after flood waters approached around 10 a.m., the company said in a statement. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer implied to reporters that the plant was not in imminent danger of flooding, saying, “At this juncture they believe that all of those precautions have paid off but we are still watching."

   Click through the slideshow above to see what Midland looks like after the dam failures.
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