Trump (5.20.20).pdf, Governor Whitmer, Democratic Leaders Send Letter to President Trump and Congress Urging them to Pass a Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Bill, Governor Whitmer Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Governor Whitmer Takes Action to Shut Down the Line 5 Dual Pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac After a Reasonable Transition Period to Protect the State's Energy Needs, Gov. “Over the past two days, a major rainfall event in mid-Michigan led to the failure of two dams and severe flooding in affected areas. One evacuee, 101-year-old Dot Costello, who fled her apartment with neighbor friends on Tuesday, said she was doing “fine,” but wished she “had a TV to watch the news.”. Michigan Governor Declares State of Emergency, as Dams Fail Downtown Midland could soon be under 9 feet of water in unprecedented flooding, governor warns log in to manage your profile and account, LANSING, Mich. — (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and President Donald Trump seemed to set aside deep … A welcome email is on its way. On May 19, Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in Midland County. The city's Pontiac Fiero museum is gone. Under the restrictions that start Wednesday, Michigan high schools and colleges must halt in-person classes, restaurants must stop indoor dining and entertainment businesses such as casinos, movie theaters and bowling alleys must close for three weeks. Learn about careers at Cox Media Group. The company twice lowered Wixom Lake’s level without permission after the federal license was revoked, according to EGLE, which has overseen the Edenville barrier since the federal license was withdrawn. The EPA said in a statement its cleanup plan required Dow to conduct “post-flood assessment to determine if there is recontamination or if the constructed cleanup remedies have been damaged.”, An EPA assessment following a major flood in 2017 found that “impacts to the Superfund site were minimal,” and Dow completed “necessary, minor repairs as required.”. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to look into the May 19 failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams, operated by Boyce Hydro. Whitmer had sent Trump a letter late Wednesday, formally asking him to declare an emergency after a deluge of rain led to the failure of two dams, putting Midland underwater. An aerial view of flooding as water overruns Sanford Dam, Michigan, U.S. in this May 19, 2020 still frame obtained from social media video. "Take care of yourself and seek the help that you need.". Floodwaters flow through a part of downtown Midland on Wednesday morning, close to a farmers' market with a green roof. The company also said had it been allowed to maintain the Edenville Dam at run of river levels “the dam would have been able to handle and safely pass the volume of water generated by this storm. (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer informed Enbridge on Friday that it is terminating the easement that allows the Canadian pipeline company to operate its Line 5 pipelines below the Straits of Mackinac. President Donald Trump, scheduled to tour a Ford Motor Co auto plant in Michigan on Thursday, said on Twitter he had dispatched teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. military to the flood-stricken area to lend support. But the flood posed a major logistical challenge to authorities already coping with the coronavirus pandemic, and Governor Whitmer called for federal assistance. Washington correspondent Todd Spangler and staff Writers Bill Laitner and Keith Matheny contributed. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. “Therefore, additional federal assistance is required to protect public health, safety, and property, and to lessen or avert the threat of more severe and persisting impacts to the community.”. The Washington Post reports that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said that Michigan will “pursue every line of legal recourse” against those responsible for the dam collapses. The state has reported nearly 8,400 confirmed or probable deaths tied to COVID-19 and about 275,000 cases. More rain — what meteorologists said Thursday appeared to be spring showers as opposed to the heavy recent downpours — is forecast for the weekend and next week. ", But, Whitmer's remarks Thursday also made more than a plea for help to recover from the flooding. During a pandemic and a day after one of Michigan's worst floods, Gov. Amid a pandemic, thousands of people in Midland — the home of Dow Chemical — have no homes to return to. While he said floods were already “devastating,” Whitmer said they were expected to rise. All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. Mark Bone, chairman of the Midland County Board of Commissioners, said no injuries had been reported. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order. Still, the devastation goes beyond money. Without aggressive steps now, she warned, Michigan could see 20,000 more deaths by February. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of “life-threatening” flooding as the Tittabawassee rose to historic levels. Please try again. Boyce Hydro said in a statement last week that the sale of electricity generated by the dams was not enough to make probable maximum flood improvements required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The legal notice filed by Attorney General Dana Nessel cites Enbridge’s “violation of the public trust doctrine” and noncompliance with easement conditions as reasons for the revocation. Contact:, Governor Whitmer Requests Federal Emergency Declaration to Aid in Midland County Flood Response. Floodwaters are confirmed to be 'comingling with on-site containment ponds' at the sprawling Dow plant. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. Flood Warning is in effect. Some residents even slept in their cars to keep from being infected with coronavirus. The 1,900-acre (770-hectare) Dow facility sits just upstream from a site contaminated with highly toxic chemicals, including dioxins, spewed from the plant for decades during the manufacture of chlorine-based products, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Despite our efforts, local and state resources have been insufficient to respond to the situation. The president's order authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to "coordinate all disaster relief efforts" in order to "save lives and to protect property and public health and safety. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to President Donald Trump urging people to “rise up” against Michigan's latest restrictions “incredibly reckless.”. May 20, 2020 Gretchen Whitmer announced that she will be formally asking FEMA for support after two dams were breached leaving families "absolutely devastated." Whitmer said because of the extensive damage and ongoing nature of the disaster, cost estimates of the flooding damage could not be completed, though earlier calculations of a failure of the Edenville Dam were estimated at nearly $890 million.

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