Report Says 2020 Dam Breaks in Michigan Could’ve Been Avoided
An over 500-page report on the two dam collapses on the Tittabawassee River in 2020 claims it was foreseeable and preventable.
2020 Michigan Dam Collapses
It's hard to believe it's already been two years since two dams collapsed in mid-Michigan. Homes, communities, and businesses were destroyed to the sum of $200 million due to heavy rains and flooding that led to two dams collapsing on the Tittabawassee River.
The two dams that collapsed were the Edenville and the Sanford dams which are both on the Tittabawassee River. These two breaches caused severe flooding to everything in its path downstream including the city of Midland.
As you can see in the photo above the damage the man was surveying from the breached dams.
Wixom Lake was filled because of the Edenville dam but when it broke it left what was once a full-size lake and turned it into a mud puddle with a small creek running through it.
Report on Michigan Dam Collapse
According to FOX 17, a forensic engineering team appointed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put together a 502-page report that came to the conclusion, that "the failure cannot reasonably be attributed to any one individual, group, or organization." but was "foreseeable and preventable."
The forensic engineering team concluded the two dams have not been safe for nearly 100 years.
In the report, there were a lot of errors in the construction of the dams with several flaws in the design not to mention spillways were not adjusted properly to allow the flow of the excess water.
Even though the report said there was no one person to blame, there is a company that owned both of them and it is their responsibility to make what they own safe and they failed just like the dams.
I guess we will find out what a judge thinks now that the many lawsuits will start entering the courts now that the report has been made public.