Parts of a Michigan town were under several feet of water Wednesday morning after heavy rains forced two dams to fail, sending water rushing downstream.
Streets in the city of Midland were flooded after the Edenville dam collapsed and the Sanford dam, 7 miles downstream, couldn't hold back the rushing waters. The dams are along the Tittabawassee River and a series of connected lakes. A state of emergency was declared for Midland County, about 150 miles north of Detroit.
The National Weather Service in Detroit warned of life threatening flooding. The river rose to a record 34.4 feet at Midland Wednesday morning. While the rain had stopped, flood waters released in the dam failures continued to move downriver.
A flash flood emergency was in effect Wednesday morning for areas south of the Sanford dam, including the towns of Sanford and Averill.
About 10,000 people were evacuated from the area Tuesday night, the Associated Press reported. More residents were ordered to evacuate Wednesday morning after a dike broke, according to Michigan Live.
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