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Gov. Whitmer requests EGLE investigate Midland-area dam failures

Gretchen Whitmer
Posted at 12:58 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 13:09:15-04

MIDLAND, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Midland Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the massive flooding due to the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams.

"It destroyed critical infrastructure, ruined homes and businesses," Gov. Whitmer said.

She said those responsible need to be held accountable.

The governor said she sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) asking them to investigate what caused the Edenville and Sanford dams to fail.

"I'm confident that EGLE will do the kind of investigation that we all deserve and that we all expect," Gov. Whitmer said.

Gov. Whitmer said she also hopes the federal government will approve the full request for funding to help Midland rebuild.

During her press conference, the governor said issues with the owner of the dam, an under investments in the state's infrastructure and heavy rainfall all contributed to the failure of the dam.

"There are a lot of different pieces that contributed to what we are confronting," Gov. Whitmer said.

While in Midland, Gov. Whitmer is also expected to visit a flood relief donation center.

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