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Pilot captures aerial footage of roaring water as Edenville Dam bursts in Midland County

MLive- Flint/Saginaw/Bay City logo MLive- Flint/Saginaw/Bay City 5/20/2020 By Isis Simpson-Mersha, mlive.com
a group of people walking down a dirt road: A view of a dam on Wixom Lake on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Residents were told to evacuate due to the dams on Sanford and Wixom Lakes no longer being able to control or contain the amount of water flowing through the spill gates. © Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com/Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS A view of a dam on Wixom Lake on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Residents were told to evacuate due to the dams on Sanford and Wixom Lakes no longer being able to control or contain the amount of water flowing through the spill gates.

MIDLAND, MI — A pilot flying over the flooded Tittabawassee River in Midland County captured video of the roaring water that flowed downstream after the Edenville Dam burst on Tuesday.

Just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, a section of the Edenville Dam impoundment failed in the wake of heavy rainfall on Monday and early Tuesday in mid-Michigan.

This video shot from a small airplane by Midland pilot Ryan Kaleto shows the dam breaking and water flooding downstream into Sanford Lake.

Residents in Edenville and Sanford were told to immediately evacuate after the dam’s failure. Additional evacuations were posted for people in the city of Midland who live near the river.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service until 8:45 p.m. Tuesday for the Tittabawassee River from Edenville Dam to the Sanford Dam.

“Life threatening flash flooding of areas downstream from the Edenville Dam along the Tittabawassee River,” the warning reads. “The nearest downstream town is Sanford Dam...located about 7 miles from the Edenville Dam. Areas downstream from the Edenville Dam along the Tittabawassee River should be prepared for additional flooding.”

In a statement issued Tuesday night regarding the dam failure, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will issue an emergency declaration “to ensure state and local officials have the resources they need to respond.”

Related news:

Flooding is widespread in Saginaw County after heavy rains, county officials say

Officials report flooded roadways, evacuations and dams unable to control water in mid-Michigan

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