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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Midland County Flooding Update - May 21, 9 p.m.

A flooded downtown Midland

As of 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, the Tittabawassee River level was under 30 feet and receding. 

Today President Donald J. Trump signed a federal emergency declaration for Midland County, opening the door for federal resources for Midland County.

Many roads remain closed throughout Midland County.  M-20 Bridge at Main Street has been opened to traffic.  A number of street closures remain in effect throughout Midland County and the City of Midland.   Visit www.midland911.org for a map containing current road closures and other information.  Residents are advised to continue to obey all road closure signs and to stay clear of standing water, flooded areas, and debris left in the roadway.  Do not attempt to drive or walk through standing water.  Residents should take extra precaution where electrical items may be submerged.

Residents may return to their homes as soon as they deem it safe to do so, taking into consideration the safety of the structure and condition of utilities.  Please reference the Midland County Health Department website at www.co.midland.mi.us/health for clean-up and sanitation information following a flood.  You may call 2-1-1 for assistance with specific cleanup resources.  

People with properties within the City of Midland that were previously evacuated and did not receive overland flooding may return to their homes.  Residents in areas affected by pump station outages are advised to not utilize appliances and facilities that run water. This includes, but is not limited to, faucets, showers, toilets, dishwashers, laundry, etc.  While the City’s drinking water system remains safe to use, the sanitary sewer system for these outage areas is presently compromised.  Use of the system in this area could create sewage back-ups for residents and their neighbors.  A map showing the locations of these pump stations and their service areas can be found at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/seweroutage. Please do not call 911 or the Wastewater Treatment Plant to check on the status of your sanitary sewer service.

A number of street closures remain in effect throughout Midland County and the City of Midland.   Please visit www.midland911.org and www.cityofmidlandmi.gov for a full list of street closures.  Residents are advised to continue to obey all road closure signs and to stay clear of standing water, flooded areas, and debris left in the roadway.  Do not attempt to drive or walk through standing water.  Residents should take extra precaution where electrical items may be submerged.

The Midland Sanitary Landfill will reopen to residential customers beginning Saturday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to drop off flooding debris and yard waste.  The Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day and then resume its regular operating hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. thereafter.

Customers accessing the Landfill will be required to show proof of Midland County residency. Debris from residents located outside of Midland County will not be accepted.Due to the high anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant.

Donations and volunteer opportunities are being coordinated by United Way of Midland County.  Visit their website www.unitedwaymidland.org or call 989-631-3670.

Please continue to monitor updates and conditions via the following resources:

  • www.midland911.org
  • www.cityofmidlandmi.gov
  • Facebook channels for the following entities:
    • Midland County Emergency Management (MI)
    • Midland County 911
    • City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government
  • Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI
  • Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI
  • Call 2-1-1
  • Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com


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