‘Pray for Midland,’ says resident examining flood damage after dam burst

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EDENVILLE TWP, MI – Longtime Midland County resident Melissia Shuler spoke with tears in her eyes as she walked through an area ravaged by flood waters.

“It’s devastating, absolutely devastating,” Shuler said on the morning of Wednesday, May 20, the day after the Edenville Dam and the Sanford Dam burst. “Bring tears to your eyes. Pray for Midland.

Shuler lives in Hope Township, just east of Edenville Township. She and about two dozen other residents gathered on Wednesday morning in what was once Lake Wixom, now with its water greatly reduced. The lake in this area – right next to Edenville Town Hall and Curtis Road to the south – almost looks like a river now, due to its flowing water, mud and sand.

A few people were rescuing fish washed up on the shore, putting them back in the water. Others have explored the damage.

“Last night was really scary,” Shuler said. “I have family who live by the lake. Most were evacuated. We’re high enough above that we don’t have to evacuate, but just to see the devastation, it’s… it’s going to take years to rebuild, absolutely. It’s very sad. Anguishing. “

After speaking with MLive, Shuler and her husband Joe Shuler toured the wreckage to collect it together.

Daniel Ankoviak, a resident of Sanford for 20 years, stood over the Tittabawassee River on what remains of the West Curtis Road Bridge, inspecting the damage.

“I spoke to my insurance agent this morning and he told me that often homeowners would not cover this because it is considered (a) flood and unless you have flood insurance. , you probably won’t get much coverage on this, “Ankoviak said.” I hope it doesn’t, and if it does, I hope FEMA steps in and helps everything. the world and what they experienced at home. “

Only about half of the bridge remains standing, with fallen trees blocking its path. 50 to 100 foot slabs of concrete broke away from the structure to rest in the mud below. Dozens of people stood in the mud across the Ankoviak Bridge.

“It’s amazing what the power of Mother Nature can do,” Ankoviak said. “I watch and sit in my own backyard, watching the trees crumble, my boat takes off after being moored and floats freely on the lake. Now, come here and see what it’s done to other homes … It’s amazing the power of it.

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