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Video shows moment Michigan dams burst forcing thousands to evacuate

Added 05-24-20 05:18:03pm EST - “New video footage shows the moment two Michigan dams burst last week ?" burying parts of the Wolverine State underwater and forcing more than 10,000 to flee their homes. The footage shows torr?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Video shows moment Michigan dams burst forcing thousands to evacuate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New video footage shows the moment two Michigan dams burst last week — burying parts of the Wolverine State underwater and forcing more than 10,000 to flee their homes.

The footage shows torrents of water gushing out of a breach in the Edenville Dam and overflowing the Sanford Dam downstream on Tuesday after heavy rains, draining nearby Wixom Lake of its waters and leaving fish and boats alike stranded on the newly exposed muddy bottom.

One video shows residents recording as water bursts through a gash in the Edenville Dam, and another shows a bulldozer shoring up a gate at the Sanford Dam with rocks and earth as water appears to be breaking through the brick facade of the utility building.

Officials said an initial breach in the Edenville Dam forced waters to flow over the Sanford Dam downstream, with waves cresting at 35 feet, the Detroit News reported.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Midland County after the dams were breached.

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