Thousands evacuated as river dams break in central Michigan

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MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) – Rapidly rising water has overtaken dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where flooding struck several communities along rain-swollen waterways. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says among the threatened areas is downtown Midland, which by Wednesday could be “under approximately 9 feet of water.” On Wednesday morning, water that was several feet high covered some downtown streets near the Tittabawassee River, reaching a hotel and parking lots. The river topped a previous record reading of 33.9 feet set during flooding in 1986, and it’s expected to crest at about 38 feet. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for locations along the Tittabawassee River after the breach at the Edenville Dam and the Sanford Dam.

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