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Midland flooding continues after double dam breach

Posted at 5:50 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:04:18-04

MIDLAND, Mich. — Much of the low-lying areas surrounding the Tittabawassee River are under water due to multiple breached dams north of Midland. Officials say more water is expected to flow downstream. It’s a lot for people here to handle, all day they’ve gathered near the flooded town of Midland, taking in the damage.

Its hard to watch, but too incredible to turn away.

“It’s pretty devastating,” Cassie Nadobny told FOX 17. The town of midland is being washed away. “When the Edenville Dam failed, we watched the water literally drop with 20-30 minutes fall down three feet at least,”

Nabodny came to the banks to see where all the water near her home up in Edenville ended up.

“This is our road. It’s completely washed out,” Nadobny said, showing us pictures she can’t seem to stop taking. “The night before, someone didn’t know it was washed out. There was a car that fell through,”

Thankfully, her home is okay.

“[I] wound up stuck there. I did hear the people got out safely thank goodness,” Nadobny said.

Most of the people watching along the Tittabawassee River are okay. It’s their neighbors on the other side of the river – the ones they can’t reach- they worry about.

“It’s not even over with.” Nadobny worries. “What’s going to happen? When all the water disappears, and people are left to pick up the pieces,”

People by the river counting their blessings, hoping for the best.

“Just glad it’s not coming up the hill,” Cheryl told us as she stopped to take a picture. Images worth more than words I can write.
“There’s a lot of people who have lost their jobs, you know? What are they going to do now, if they’ve lost their houses?”

People who have lost so much on the other side of the river need to know. Those on higher ground are here watching waiting to help.

“Just knowing we’re here for one another. It’s… it’s a big thing,” Cheryl said.

Water in Midland is expected to keep rising until about 8 p.m. Wednesday as the Wixom Lake and the Tittabawassee River empty downstream.

For now, everyone is stuck watching the helicopters go by. Watching the water rush through what used to be their town.