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Dramatic Photos Show Massive Flooding After Two Dams Collapsed In Michigan

A state of emergency was declared after two dams were breached.

Posted on May 21, 2020, at 1:42 p.m. ET


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An aerial view of floodwaters flowing from the Tittabawassee River into the lower part of downtown Midland, Michigan, May 20. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate after two dams in Sanford and Edenville collapsed causing water from the Tittabawassee River to flood nearby communities.

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A road collapsed due to flood water is seen in this aerial photograph taken after dams failed in Midland, Michigan, May 20. President Donald Trump said he's sending federal emergency workers to Midland, Michigan, where dam failures have flooded a Dow chemical complex and homes in a disaster that may force the evacuation of more than 10,000 people.

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Neil Hawk and his wife, Dawn, take a rowboat out to a residential part of Sanford to inspect the damage to their neighborhood following extreme flooding throughout central Michigan, May 20.


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Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home in Edenville, Michigan, May 20.

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Floodwaters tore through a house near the Curtis Road Bridge — its remains are seen here in Edenville Township north of Midland, May 20. After two days of heavy rain, the Edenville Dam failed and floodwaters rushed south, ravaging the landscape in its path.

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Buildings surrounded by floodwater are seen in this aerial photograph taken nearby Edenville Dam after it failed in Midland, Michigan, May 20.

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The Dow facility stands surrounded by floodwaters in this aerial photograph taken after dams failed in Midland, Michigan, May 20.

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A house is underwater near the Sanford Dam, May 20. After the Edenville Dam failed and the Tittabawassee River flooded surrounding areas, many residents were urged to leave their homes and to brace themselves for the possibility of the Sanford Dam to collapsing. Water flowed over the top of it through the night, but the structure is still in place.

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A look at the debris collected at the Sanford Dam, May 20. After the Edenville Dam failed and the Tittabawassee River flooded surrounding areas, many residents were urged to leave their homes and to brace themselves for the possibility of the Sanford Dam collapsing. Water flowed over the top of it through the night, but the structure is still in place.

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The Sanford Dam stands after it failed in Sanford, Michigan, May 20.


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People take photographs of the flooded Midland County courthouse parking lot after dams failed, May 20.

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Farmland is seen submerged by floodwater in this aerial photograph taken after dams failed in Midland, Michigan, May 20.

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Residents paddle kayaks along a flooded street along the Tittabawassee River, after two dam failures submerged parts of Midland, Michigan, May 20.

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Bob Yahrmarkt (right) stands on his washed-out driveway looking at his destroyed garage in Edenville, Michigan, May 20.

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A man walks across a washed-out West Saginaw Road in Sanford, Michigan, after the area saw flooding and damage from heavy rains throughout central Michigan, May 21.

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A classic car with the nickname "Heart Breaker" embossed on its side rests in damaged asphalt after as waters continue to roil in Edenville Township, May 20.

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Wixom Lake's water levels continue to lower after the Edenville Dam failure, May 20.


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Sunny Clark (center), her husband Clint, and their 8-year-old son Caron, all of Sanford, explore together as they walk along what was once the bottom of Wixom Lake in Edenville Township, May 20.

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Homes and farmland are seen surrounded by floodwater in this aerial photograph taken after dams failed in Midland, Michigan, May 20.

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Main Street is flooded after water from the Tittabawassee River breached a nearby dam in Sanford, Michigan, May 20.

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As record floodwaters begin to recede, local residents walk the ruined streets to see the extent of damage following extreme flooding throughout central Michigan, May 20.

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Residents walk the flooded streets to see the extent of damage, May 20.

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Tombstones are surrounded by floodwaters after dams failed in Sanford, Michigan, May 20.






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