US declares state of emergency for flooded Michigan communities

The President of the United States today declared the state of emergency for communities in Michigan affected by severe flooding, which occurred after waters overflowed dams in the region.

Trump, who was in Michigan visiting a Ford production facility, signed the emergency declaration authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Crisis Management Agency to coordinate the emergency response.

The flood warnings in Michigan were issued after the heavy rain that has been falling since Sunday.

Many residents of central Michigan remain outside their homes, despite the water level having receded after having passed two dams and submerged homes and roads.

At Midland High School, 90 percent of the people in the gym are seniors, said the coordinator of the temporary shelter, Jerry Wasserman, stressing that preventive measures have been taken in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, which has a group of older people risk.

Most of the region remains under water and floods remain a threat to communities along the Tittabawassee River.

The authorities estimate that it can take days to realize the damage caused. For now, there is no record of dead or injured.

Floods in the Midland area, 225 kilometers north of Detroit, forced 11,000 people to leave their homes, after which the national weather service called Edenville and Sanford “catastrophic dam failures”.

In 2018, there were 19 high-risk dams in unsatisfactory or poor conditions in Michigan.

The Edenville dam, built in 1924, was considered unsatisfactory in 2018 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revoked the license of the company that operated it.

The Sanford Dam, built in 1925, received a rating that allowed it to continue to function.

Both dams are in the process of being sold.

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