United States —
Floods in Michigan trigger another round of evacuations. Authorities evacuated Michigan residents again Friday due to flooding at two dams that were breached earlier this week.
Miami World / AP
About a dozen people in Spaulding Township were evacuated, others left their homes on their own and some refused to leave despite warnings, fire chief Tom Fortier said Friday morning.
There were floods along the Tittabawassee and Shiawassee rivers that flow into the Saginaw River, which is flooded with water.
Spaulding Township is about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Detroit and southeast of the Edenville and Sanford Dams, which were crowded Tuesday night after heavy rains. The floods forced some 11,000 people from the Midland area to evacuate their homes.
Several houses were damaged, but no injuries have been reported.
President Donald Trump signed an emergency statement Thursday that authorized the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts.
Midland, where the Dow Chemical Co. headquarters is located, was badly affected. Flood waters mixed with liquids in containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could dislodge sediment from a site downstream of the Superfund program – a program to clean up toxic waste sites – although the company said there was no risk to people or the environment.