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A new report says the state of Michigan has a lot to do to reduce the risk of future dam failures.

Last May, heavy rains contributed to the failure of two dams in Gladwin and Midland counties.  The dam failures contributed to a 500-year flood event which caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.  More than 10,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes.   The area is still recovering.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

It will be a few more days before a task force set up to study Michigan’s dam safety regulations will finish its final report.

The delay is because of concerns about the “tone” of the document.

The Dam Safety Task Force was created after last May’s failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams. The twin dam failures contributed to a 500-year flood event which caused tens of millions of dollars in damage. Rising floodwaters forced thousands in Midland and Gladwin counties to evacuate their homes. 

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan will soon move forward with repairs to part of the remaining section of the Edenville Dam. 

The dam’s failure on May 19 contributed to a 500-year flood event that damaged thousands of homes and businesses.  

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A special task force set up to study Michigan’s dam safety rules and regulations met virtually for the first time Tuesday.

Liesl Clark is the head of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.  And she's a member of the 19-person task force.

She says the task force was formed after two dam failures in May helped create devastating floods in Midland and Gladwin counties.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A group representing Midland and Gladwin County residents wants an independent review of the failures of two dams last month that created historic flooding.

On May 19, after days of heavy rain, Edenville Dam broke, sending torrents of water downstream. The water overwhelmed the Sanford Dam. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes in Midland County.