Evacuations as Dams Collapse amid Michigan, Flooding Threats Elsewhere


Multiple dams have collapsed in Michigan due to flooding prompting evacuations, while at least 7 other states are under a flash flood risk today and a severe weather there to the Plains; plus, more weather news and forecast.

Evacuations in Michigan after multiple dams collapse

At least two, and possibly three, dams in the state of Michigan have collapsed following heavy flooding rain where 8 inches fell during a 48-hour time period. Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and at least 10,000 people from 3,500 homes have been ordered to evacuate.

The Edenville and Sanford dams have collapsed due to heavy rain in the past few days, according to the county, Reuters reported. ABC reported that the Secord and Smallwood are being watched closely for possible overflow. However, at the time of this writing social media reports were coming in that the Smallwood dam had been breached.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning that the Tittabawassee River in Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling are in a major flooding stage and also issued a flash flood emergency for locations downstream of the failed dams.

Flash flooding threats on multiple fronts across US

The National Weather Service is warning of heavy rain with the potential for flash flooding in various locations across the US today.

In the West, a large area of possible flash flooding could occur over portions of Northwest Montana and Northeast Idaho.

In the southeast, at least 7 states are under the risk of potential flash flooding for portions of southeastern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, most of North Carolina, the northern half of South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.

In the central US, severe weather there with the potential flash flooding will extend from Texas northward to the Dakotas and Montana.

Severe weather over central and northern plains

Severe weather is expected to ramp up over the central and northern plains on late Wednesday into Wednesday night, AccuWeather reported.

The affected areas include Northwestern Texas, eastern Colorado, western Nebraska, western South Dakota, eastern Montana, and Western North Dakota. The threats include damaging winds with gusts up to 70 miles per hour, large hell and local flash flooding. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 65, Los Angeles 76, Reno 64, Las Vegas 81, Salt Lake City 60, Denver 85.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 62, Medford 68, Boise 46, Billings 77, Minot 82, Rapid City 78.

Southwest: Phoenix 88, Albuquerque 83, El Paso 91, San Antonio 98, Brownsville 95.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 87, Dallas 81, Oklahoma City 80, Kansas City 73, Minneapolis 77.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 62, St. Louis 68, Detroit 63, Cincinnati 60.

South: Houston 94, New Orleans 82, Memphis 75, Atlanta 68, Charlotte 58, Jacksonville 91, Tampa 88, Miami 84.

East: Norfolk 60, Washington, D.C. 64, Buffalo 72, New York 66, Boston 59, Caribou 73.