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Floodwaters in Midland crest

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National Weather Service

Flood waters have crested in Midland, but the cleanup will have to wait until the waters recede.

In Midland, the Tittabawassee River crested Wednesday at 35 feet — a record, but not as bad as first feared. Projections on Tuesday put the expected crest at 38 feet.

After days of heavy rains, two dams along the river failed. The result was water flowing uncontrollably downstream. 

But floodwaters remain high in parts of Midland and other communities affected by the flood, and that’s keeping thousands of people from returning home. A loss of electricity and sewer service are also complicating matters.

The floodwaters are also flowing south.

The Tittabawassee River is expected to rise for the next few days in the city of Saginaw.  The Tittabawasee River runs on the west side of Saginaw before it connects with the Saginaw River.

The Saginaw River flows through the center of its namesake city. It's rising, and may remain at moderate flood stage into next week.

It may be next week before all the flooding rivers in the region will be back within their banks.

Sunny skies are helping, but there is more rain in the forecast this weekend.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.