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Update: Wednesday, May 20, 12:48 a.m.
The city of Midland is bracing for the worst.
A pair of dam failures, fueled by up to eight inches of rain this week, have swelled the Tittabawassee River. The river flows through the city’s center.
Midland City Manager Brad Kaye says the flood could leave part of the city under nine feet of water.
“The 1986 flood that most people remember, that were here at least, or if you weren’t here, you certainly heard about it, was a 100-year flood. What we’re looking at is an event that is the equivalent of a 500-year flood,” says Kaye.