2020 : Edenville Dam Collapses; 10000 Forced to Flee Homes

May 19, 2022 all-day

Wixom Lake is barren following the May 19 collapse of the Edenville Dam.

Following heavy rains over 36 hours on Sunday and Monday, the Edenville Dam in Gladwin County failed Tuesday, forcing evacuations of roughly 10,000 residents as water rushed into the Tittabawassee River. Located 20 miles northwest of Midland, the dam had been cited for years with safety violations

Following the Edenville Dam collapse, the Sanford Dam downstream overflowed as well.  $200 million in damages ensued to more than 2,500 buildings in Midland, Gladwin and Saginaw counties.   Most of the buildings were not located in flood zones so did not have flood insurance.

Sources : Bridge.