Gov. Whitmer declares an emergency for Midland County dam collapse

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has activated Michigan's Emergency Operations Center in Lansing to assist with the response to the Edenville Dam collapse in Midland County.
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LANSING (WJRT) (5/19/2020) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declare an emergency Tuesday evening after two dams breached on the Tittabawassee River in Midland County.

Her administration issued a statement saying the emergency declaration would ensure local emergency responders have all the resources they need to respond to the incident.

RELATED: Flash flood emergency: Edenville Dam has failed, Sanford Dam likely to collapse

Midland County 911 issued a statement around 5:45 p.m. saying the Edenville Dam collapsed and other statement around 7 p.m. saying the Sanford Dam appeared to be in danger of imminent collapse.

The loss of both dams would cause a significant rise in water levels and flash flooding along the Tittabawassee River flowing toward the city of Midland.

Whitmer said Michigan's Emergency Operations Center in Lansing already had been activated and officials there were "fully engaged" with the response to the dam collapses.

"State officials from multiple departments have been on site throughout the day," Whitmer's statement says.

Congressman John Moolenaar, a Republican from Midland, also issued a statement saying he was in contact with authorities about the flooding all day on Tuesday.

He reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday evening to begin the process of obtaining federal assistance after the Edenville Dam collapse.

A series of evacuations was ordered for residents near the river and in the Midland city limits.

RELATED: List of evacuations after Edenville Dam collapses and Sanford Dam nears collapse

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Tittabawassee River through Midland County until early Wednesday morning.