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Crews to lower spillway connected to failed Michigan dam

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 13:01:23-05

EDENVILLE, Mich. — Crews will begin lowering a spillway connected to a dam that failed last year and contributed to massive flooding in parts of mid-Michigan.

Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says Wednesday that the Edenville Dam Tobacco River spillway will be lowered by more than 20 feet starting Feb. 24 to help prevent future flooding.

Water levels are expected to drop about 12 feet behind the dam.

More than 11,000 people in the Midland area had to be evacuated last May after heavy rains stressed the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles north of Detroit, and the Sanford Dam, about seven miles downriver.