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Trump declares disaster, releases money for flooded areas

Jul. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he approved a major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan counties swept by May floods and will provide more than $43 million to help in the recovery. Trump mentioned U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Republican who represents the Midland area, in his tweet...

Corps decreasing water flowing into lower Missouri River

Jul. 7, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from a dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border is being decreased because less water is expected to flow into the river this year, so the risk of a repeat of last year's massive flooding along the river has been reduced,...

Michigan sues dam owner, seeks compensation for destruction

Jun. 9, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the owner of two dams, seeking fines for the destruction of natural resources as well as “gross mismanagement” that preceded a devastating flood in Midland County. Blame for the May 19 flood, which destroyed at least 150...

Company's bid to build dams on tribal land a step closer

Jun. 3, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Federal regulators have accepted a Phoenix-based company's application for a preliminary permit to look further into building hydro-powered dams on tribal land. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirmed the acceptance in a letter Tuesday to Pumped Hydro Storage LLC, opening...

This photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows Edenville Dam in Beaverton, Mich., Thursday, May 21, 2020, after it was damaged. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Congress demands answers on Michigan's Edenville Dam failure

Jun. 1, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. House committee is investigating the failure of a Michigan dam, giving the state two weeks to respond to a series of detailed questions about inspections and oversight. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a similar letter to a federal agency that had oversight of the...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 1, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. May 31, 2020. Outside panel should probe dam failures For any investigation to have credibility, those doing the investigating should have no stake in the outcome. That’s why Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should change course and appoint an independent panel to probe the failure of two...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 photo, Kim Burgess, the mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, holds a muddy American flag after a dam failure destroyed a war memorial last week in Stanford, Mich. Burgess is pledging to rebuild the memorial. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Fallen Marine's mom: We will rebuild memorial lost to flood

May. 25, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is pledging to rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by a dam failure in central Michigan. “I sat there and cried,” Kim Burgess said after visiting the scene in Sanford last week. “I just felt like I had let our...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. May 23, 2020. Dam disaster enabled by government failures Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have promised a vigorous investigation to hold accountable those responsible for the catastrophic Midland-area dam collapse. They’ll need a wide net, and a willingness to look...

Kendra Tucker, left, and her sister Melissa McCann, both of Sanford, wade into flood waters as they work to uncover lost family heirlooms and belongings, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Sanford, Mich. Scores of displaced people are staying in shelters after flooding overwhelmed two dams, submerged homes and washed out roads in Central Michigan. (Jake May/ Flint Journal via AP)

2nd lawsuit filed against operator of failed Michigan dams

May. 23, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The owners and operators of two mid-Michigan dams that failed, forcing the evacuation of 11,000 people, are facing a second lawsuit. The class-action suit was filed Friday against Boyce Hydro and manager Lee Mueller, the Midland Daily News reported Saturday. The Tittabawassee River...