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Midland County Central Dispatch
Wednesday May 20th, 2020 :: 08:34 a.m. EDT


Flash Flood Warning until 02:15PM

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for... The Tittabawassee River from Sanford Dam to the Chippawassee School Area in... East central Midland County in southeastern Michigan...

* Until 215 PM EDT.

* At 817 AM EDT, county dispatch reported uncontrolled flow through the emergency spillway and the imminent failure of Sanford Dam on the Tittabawassee River. THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR LOCATIONS DOWNSTREAM OF SANFORD DAM TO THE CHIPPAWASSEE SCHOOL AREA AND MIDLAND! SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW! HAZARD...Life threatening flash flooding from the failure of Sanford Dam. SOURCE...County dispatch. IMPACT...This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW! IMMEDIATE EVACUATION for areas downstream from the Sanford Dam along the Tittabawassee River.

* The nearest downstream town is Sanford...located immediately below the dam. The town of Averill is 3.5 miles downstream and the Chippawassee School Area is 8.5 miles downstream. Areas downstream from the Sanford Dam along the Tittabawassee River should be prepared for flooding.



If you are in low lying areas below the Sanford Dam you should move to higher ground immediately. Follow evacuation instructions provided by your local emergency officials. Do not attempt to drive across flooded roadways. Move to higher ground now. This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order.

Midland County Central Dispatch
2727 Rodd St
Midland, MI 48640

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 989-839-6466

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Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
Likely (p > ~50%)
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Flash Flood Warning

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