Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

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By Carlos Osorio, Corey Williams and Tammy Webber, Associated Press

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP)– Floodwaters that overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in Central Michigan now threaten a Dow Superfund site and downstream communities.

The Tittabawassee River crested in Dow’s hometown of Midland Wednesday at just over 35 feet, about 3 feet under what officials previously forecasted.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had warned the city could end up under about 9 feet of water by Wednesday evening.

Dow says floodwater has begun mixing with on-site containment ponds, prompting the company and U.S. Coast Guard to activate emergency plans. A city official says no one has been reported hurt or killed in the flooding.

Whitmer says the state will investigate the operators of the Edenville and Sanford dams.

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