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Residents near flood-ravaged dams could be paying for years

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Posted at 6:54 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 18:54:00-04

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Residents who lost their lakes when dams collapsed in mid-Michigan could be getting expensive long-term bills to restore them.

People near Wixom and Sanford lakes in Midland and Gladwin counties could pay thousands of dollars each year for 40 years, if that duration is allowed by the state.

The estimate comes from the Four Lakes Task Force. Residents near Secord and Smallwood lakes could face smaller annual assessments.

The Edenville dam failed during a steady rain in May, draining Wixom Lake and unleashing the Tittabawassee River.

The river then overwhelmed the Sanford dam, about 140 miles north of Detroit.