Today approximately 10,000 people are displaced due to a dam bursting in Michigan yesterday evening.
The severe rainy weather Midland County experienced resulted in the Edenville and Sanford dams being breached and eventually collapsing.
No fatalities have been reported, although videos and images of the scene show many homes submerged in the water from the compromised dams.
Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency after the dams collapsed. Whitmer is also requesting federal aid and released a formal letter to President Trump.
“Over the past two days a major rainfall event in mid-Michigan led to the failure of two dams and severe flooding in affected areas. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate as water surged into their streets, homes, and businesses in the county of Midland…In response to these conditions, eight shelters opened to house displaced residents, along with hotels and other locations.”
Whitmer continued by stating that federal aid will be essential to the recovery of Midland County as the damage is beyond the capabilities of the state of Michigan. Whitmer is requesting debris removal, emergency protective measures and direct federal assistance, all services that fall under FEMA’s public assistance program.
Trump has stated he will visit Midland, Michigan to assess the damage but it is not clear what support will be given to the state prior to Trumps’ visit.