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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Midland County Flooding Update - May 23, 7:30 p.m.

A flooded downtown Midland

May 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m. - As of 6 p.m. Saturday, May 23, the Tittabawassee River level was 20.17 feet and receding. This is below the flood stage of 24 feet.

Additional precipitation of one-tenth to one-quarter inch is expected tonight between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Rain showers may be heavy at times and produce localized ponding of water in low-lying areas with minimal impact to local river systems.

Due to imminent danger of flash flooding and further dam erosion and collapse, persons  should not be in, on, or around the Edenville and Sanford Dams or walking and recreating in the Wixom and Sanford Lake beds. Rapid changes in water levels and ongoing flows from Beaverton Dam, the Tobacco River, and other tributaries are creating significant amounts of erosion to the dam structures still remaining. Additional precipitation in the forecast creates additional uncertainty regarding these conditions and all warnings should be taken seriously.

Displaced residents who have not yet returned to their homes may 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. 

Midland County Emergency Management continues to accept damage reports for homeowners, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have sustained damage or loss as a result of the flood.  Reports can be completed online at https://arcg.is/1H00aG. Please use the Search tool to locate the property address on the main screen before starting the report.

A number of street closures remain in effect throughout Midland County and the City of Midland.   Please visit www.midland911.org 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 be open to residential customers from 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 to dispose of trash, flood debris, and yard waste. The Landfill will then resume its regular operating hours, open 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 generated outside of Midland County will not be accepted. Due to the high anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant.

In the City of Midland, residents may set flood debris and brush at the curb for collection. Crews will be working through Memorial Day weekend to provide collection to all areas of the city. Any debris at the curb should be considered contaminated with flood waters and a potential hazard.

The Village of Sanford will have dumpsters available downtown and volunteers available to assist with removal of items from residents’ vehicles. Curbside collection of flood debris will also be provided for village residents. Residents with flood debris should place their items at the curb for collection. Residents in other areas of Midland County should take flood debris and other items to the Midland Sanitary Landfill for disposal.

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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