A radio scanner feed of Midland County Public Safety is available through the Broadcastify service. The feed had 5000 listeners when I tuned in on the evening of Tuesday, May 20, 2020. The scanner feed covers police, fire, sheriff, EMS and regional State Police.
Several dams along the Tittabawassee River upstream of Midland Michigan failed on Tuesday, leaving impoundment lakes empty and causing the river to rise above historic high water levels. The City of Midland is evacuating about 10,000 residents, and parts of US-10 are closed through the area.
Additional news sources to follow what's going on. From here in Ann Arbor I can only listen to the scanner.
- Midland Daily News: "Downtown Midland prepares for deluge as Tittabawassee River floods"
- NBC 25 News: "Edenville and Sanford dams fail leading to evacuations"
- WNEM: "BREAKING: Residents in Freeland, Tittabawassee Twp evacuating due to dam failure"
- MLive Saginaw/Bay City: "Pilot captures aerial footage of roaring water as Edenville Dam bursts in Midland County"
- Bridge Magazine: "Mid-Michigan dam that failed was cited for years for safety violations"
For traffic and road updates, see the Twitter feed for @MDOT_Bay which has up to the minute road closures.
Edenville Dam: a major dam collapse is an early account of the Edenville Dam failure in Dave Petley's "Landslide Blog", published by the AGU. "At the moment the cause / mechanism of the failure is not clear." There are good photos and video of that dam failure there.
The biggest environmental concern is to the Dow Chemical facilities adjacent to the river.
Tittabawasee Jane is a song by Jay Stielstra about the river that flows through Midland.
"She made napalm, some kind of bomb, I wasn't too political then".