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No casualties reported in mid-Michigan after historic flooding

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Posted at 1:19 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 13:19:07-04

MIDLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said no casualties have been reported in mid-Michigan after a historic flooding event that began on Tuesday.

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Whitmer made the announcement while updating the flooding after the failure of the Edenville Dam near the Midland area.

According to Whitmer, more than 10,000 people evacuated the area quickly, and the water is expected to continue to rise until about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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Officials say water also continues to pour over the Sanford Dam – downstream of the Edenville Dam – with 60-80% of that water going over the top. It's unclear the damage to the structure of the dam because of how much water is coming over it.

Whitmer said she has been in contact with FEMA and plans to ask for their assistance with the flood, which officials say is a 500-year event.