It’s Been One Year Since Mid-Michigan Was Underwater
On May 19,2020 multiple dams in Mid-Michigan broke down flooding homes and business and emptying out lakes that once held water by the dams.
I think every town in Michigan that has a dam prepared for heavy rains this after what happened in Midland Michigan last years when a couple of dams breached. This spring man dams were open to keep water levels down incase we got a ton of rain like last year.
I cross the Hardy Dam each day on the way to work and normally the house boats are already up to their docks but because so much water was allowed to pass through the dam, the water levels have not come back up enough to put the big boats in the water. The water levels are rising and soon the house boats will return to Hardy Pond.
According to FOX 17, when the Tittabawassee River was pelted with rain in May of 2020, some dams on the river that had not been properly maintained by their owners were crushed with the heavy water. Downtown Sanford Michigan lost most of their businesses. Many homes throughout Midland had water in them or were completely destroyed.
Sanford Lake has still not recovered. Instead of a reservoir lake that has a river running through it, the lake had dried with just a small stream passing through surrounded by dirt and weeds growing where a lake used to be.
The only good thing that came out of the flood was not one single life was lost but that is it. Many lives and businesses were destroyed and have yet to recover since the flood.
One business owner who lost his hardware store was able to get a bank loan to set up a MiG shift store and that actually kept him going and helped the community at the same time. He recently opened up his brand new store so there are a few happy endings for some business owners and residents.
It took just one night of rain to cause all the damage that has been done to the Mid-Michigan communities and still a year later there is still a mess to clean up.
Hopefully every community in Michigan that has a dam in it makes sure the owner of the dam has it up to code to prevent anything like this from happening again.