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Dam bursts in Michigan

The situation in the Midland district of the US state Michigan is particularly critical. There the Edenville and Sanford dams broke because of the water masses. The authorities ordered evacuations.

Even the Edenvilledamm can no longer hold the water masses

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared the county a state of emergency. People should seek shelter in emergency shelters or stay with relatives or friends outside the district. Whitmer warned that downtown Midland could be up to 2.7 meters under water: "We are expecting a historic high water level."

Evacuation in Corona times

Flooded streets in Sandford

Around 3,500 houses had been cleared, said the governor. However, accommodating so many citizens in emergency shelters is a challenge in view of the spread of the coronavirus. The people were equipped with face masks, the emergency services wore protective clothing. "Getting through this in the midst of a global pandemic is almost inconceivable. But we are here and we will do the best we can together."

The National Weather Service warned of extremely dangerous flash floods. Aerial photographs show flooded streets and a broken dam along the Tittabawassee River. So far, no one has been injured, a spokesman for the district administration told the US news channel CNN. The National Guard help with the evacuation.

State of emergency in Edenville

Other states in the American Midwest have also been experiencing heavy rainfall for days.

cgn / rb (dpa, rtre)