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More than ten months after a devastating flood, a Sanford institution is reopening on Easter Sunday.

The May 19 failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams after days of heavy rain contributed to a 500-year flood event that inundated parts of Midland and Gladwin counties. Thousands of people were forced from their homes. The flood caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

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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.

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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. 

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A new report says Michigan should invest more money and hire more staff in its dam safety office.

The failure of two dams back in May and the resulting record flooding along the Tittabawassee River led the state to commission an analysis of Michigan’s dam safety program. The analysis was made by experts from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).

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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.