Two dams fail in Michigan, government declares emergency in the middle of a pandemic

The year 2020 has been more tragic than ever. Another reason to curse the year just came in while Michigan witnesses a national emergency. The governor, Gretchen Whitmer, issued an emergency for Midland County on Tuesday night. The country had been bearing worse floods in yesterday morning already, which was followed by this. The breach of Edenville and Sanford Dams forced the evacuation of around 10,000 people at night.

The words of the government

“If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now. If you don’t, go to one of the shelters that have opened across the county,” said the government in the press release. She also warned that in the next 12-15 hours, the downtown Midland would be covered in nine feet of water. Residents were hence requested to seek higher ground. She said, “We are anticipating an historic high water level.” She also expressed distress about going through this disaster in the middle of a pandemic.

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The state had already witnessed heavy rains that residents in the area were made to evacuate for the second time in less than 24 hours. The government, however, pressed on the fact to not forget about the pandemic. While they evacuate in a rush, they must do their best to prevent the spread of the virus.

The management amidst the emergency

National security has been activated on-site and with around 100 soldiers involved in inspections. Residents of Edenville and Sanford were ordered to move out by Local Law enforcement. While some were able to return home after the morning disasters, they were asked to leave again. “We were back at home and starting to feel comfortable that things were calming down,” said a resident of the area. “All of a sudden we heard the fire truck sirens going north toward the dam.”

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The officials are doing their best to screen all the residents of the shelter and hence prevent the virus from spreading. Masks have been made available for everyone in the shelter. The officials requested the residents to cover their face in the shelter or go to the house of a friend or a relative. It is integral that the people affected do the best in their ability to prevent the spread of the virus. It is just not affordable to aggravate one problem to solve another.

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