Michigan Dam(s) Fail! Tittabawassee River.

Overview of the Boyce Hydro System and What we know so far.
Drone Footage from 19 May:
Tittabawassee River Flood Stage:
FERC vs. Boyce Hydro:



  • According to Midland County officials as of ~3pm (EST) 5/20/2020, the Sanford dam may still be somewhat intact but they can't tell because it's underwater (they're using the term "failed" because it's spilling over, not necessarily because the structure has collapsed). Latest images of the Sanford dam appear to show overflow limited to the emergency spillway area. The current hope is that the dam itself will hold long enough for the upstream flow from the Wixom lake breach to recede. If the Sanford dam fails, areas downstream are looking at 500-year flood levels. Local and state police have already begun staging in a number of downstream areas, presumably to facilitate evacuations if the dam fails.

    cbale2000cbale20006 days ago
    • What no one seems to be paying attention to is how the dams work you see what happens is when the storm comes in the lake gets deep the alarms go off did you hear that part of the alarms go off and when the alarms are ignored you create a flood and a problem for the news to switch subjects! The problem I’m seeing is no one is mentioning about the people working at the dams letting the alarms run or shutting the alarms off without opening the doors and letting the lake out! Am I the only one who has ever seen how Adam works or do you just say the word damn a lot and you think you know about damns dammit!!!You’re all still leaning towards accident or natural wake the fk up🙏🙏🙏 WWG1WGA

      Angus BeefAngus BeefDay ago
    • Lmfao @ 500 year flood levels.

      MrDavidelliottjrMrDavidelliottjr2 days ago
    • @Mark W It is spelled MUSSELS, graduates!

      William R CoffeyWilliam R Coffey2 days ago
    • @hay woods it seems to me that buildiing permits on the flood plains should never have been issued. Supervisors eager to increase the tax base must bear some responsibility. But greed turns a deaf ear to common sense.

      William R CoffeyWilliam R Coffey2 days ago
    • @gravelydon he will find a way

      Michael StoverMichael Stover3 days ago
  • Ins, co, know your in flood danger?? They prob, know all dams odds n conditions? U ask bout flood ins, salesman walks out laffing,

    Man KokeMan KokeHour ago
  • This will go in history books. Maybe not as bad as the St. Francis Dam Disaster, but it's up there.

    David StevensDavid Stevens3 hours ago
  • This is all Trump's fault. He should have acted earlier to stem these overflows. Now our esteemed Governor Whitmer has to clean up the mess the Administration made.

    The RaisinThe Raisin4 hours ago
    • Raisins are yummie

      S DS DHour ago
  • Somebody stole that money from you to fix that dam/levee. They spent it on a security system. Infasteucture does not include security systems.

    orangeblueandlavendaorangeblueandlavenda4 hours ago
  • Spillways are not big enough in the first place ! Somebody is negligent !

    Victor JeffersVictor Jeffers4 hours ago
  • no wonder , state run by money stilling demonrats , money for illegals no money for infrastructure

    MarkoDeLaVootaMarkoDeLaVoota4 hours ago
  • interesting. Very educational. Thank u.

    Fun# LarryFun# Larry7 hours ago
  • It’s all China ‘s fault !

    Weining DingWeining Ding8 hours ago
  • Was this one of the dams that nazi Gretchen was "supposedly" to have repaired, just like all the bad Mi highways?

    robert bryantrobert bryant11 hours ago
  • It’s nice to see the river return to its natural state. Would be better not to rebuild the dams.

    Paul SmithPaul Smith13 hours ago
  • @ TWO dams.. SMMFH..!!!!!!!!! past pittiful

    GIT LITGIT LIT13 hours ago
  • Thanks for the information!

    Paul HenryPaul Henry20 hours ago
  • i live on Lake Michigan and the water level has been the highest its been in years, so much erosion happens every day, i walk daily along the lake and see mudslides constantly and the water is brown because of all the mud going into the lake from the waves crashing the shoreline. I think there is more flooding to come this year for the Great Lakes area and the rivers in the Midwest.

    Tim WalterTim Walter21 hour ago
  • Holy crap that's brutal God bless all those affected

    brad polmateerbrad polmateer21 hour ago
  • I dont give a damn about no dam. see what i did there?

    808 R I D E S808 R I D E SDay ago
  • earth filled damns... mmmmk ive heard enough lol...

    Conspiracyphreak PhreakaConspiracyphreak PhreakaDay ago
  • Seriously....most excellent coverage, explanation, visuals concerning this unfortunate situation 👍

    sehhi vootysehhi vootyDay ago
    • This dam was lowered last fall. I wonder if allowing the earthen portion of the dam to dry out and then soak water back up had any affect to the destabilization? How about with

      sehhi vootysehhi vootyDay ago
  • Heart breaking for family's effected..I can't even imagin

    Nacho FriendNacho FriendDay ago
  • Great coverage! Please tell me, is flint also affected and evacuated? Everyone is in my thoughts!

    Courtney CherryCourtney CherryDay ago
  • Get your facts straight if your going to post a video I’m a local.

    Justin WJustin WDay ago
  • Edenville did not have an emergency spillway you don’t know what your talking about!!!

    Justin WJustin WDay ago
  • Maybe them idiots can use their ar 15 to float with,haha dumbass dotard supporter the lord has the last word racist dipstick

    Coolzie DogCoolzie DogDay ago
  • I'm from this area in Michigan, my daughter lives within half mile of Wixom Lake. I heard that the reason for all the water in Wixom Lake is because the upper two dams were breached. Can anybody confirm this?

    Sally BridgesSally BridgesDay ago
  • Global warming?

    wils puwils puDay ago
  • I heard the State of Michigan forced the dam owners to keep the water high for the wild life, and the home owners on the lake. They (the State of Michigan) should be in part responsible for this mess. It seems as though we always want to blame the owners and not the government.

    Anthony DaGuannoAnthony DaGuannoDay ago
  • Why am I getting an alert for this video five days after the fact. Come on USproject.

    Mister No NameMister No NameDay ago
  • Boyce had their licenses pulled (some years back) to generate power, but were forbidden from lowering the water levels in these reservoirs, as it would have impacted the waterfront property values, and therefore property tax revenues. There is a lot of finger pointing right now.

    dansw0rkshopdansw0rkshopDay ago
  • thank you very much for your explanation!

    Omar NovaOmar NovaDay ago
  • Brilliant , I’m from Bristol.UK. I wanted a birds eye view of the damns and rivers etc . Can’t picture it otherwise !

    SHARon ReadySHARon ReadyDay ago
  • We shouldn't dam the rivers, when they fails, they fail BADLY! Nothing on this planet is stronger than raging flood!

    Władca WymiaruWładca WymiaruDay ago

    pork n beanspork n beansDay ago
  • Same things gonna happen with lake Cumberland we've just been lucky

    Mark LawsonMark LawsonDay ago
  • Intersting and scary!

    hope kinghope kingDay ago
  • Interesting video!! I’m located about 2 miles from the Sanford dam

    Noah HolsworthNoah HolsworthDay ago
  • This dam was lowered last fall. I wonder if allowing the earthen portion of the dam to dry out and then soak water back up had any affect to the destabilization? How about with the lowering of the water level over the winter changing to a lower frost line? Could either cause enough heaving to affect the core of the dam before it had a chance to stabilize with the recent (within days) refilling of the dam?

    Donavon RobbinsDonavon RobbinsDay ago
  • Saginaw, MI resident . . . .thank you for explaining and showing. Prayers to all.

    Susan HeckmanSusan HeckmanDay ago
  • Dam!

    HW2800HW2800Day ago
  • The Governor should just decree that water to stop flowing, you know like she did the economy.

    PfsifPfsifDay ago
  • The emergency spillways should be contructed in that way, that they are not washed away by the water. And they should be wide enough, to prevent the water rising higher, keeping it under the level of the earth build dam area.

    Anti-WBDAnti-WBDDay ago
  • US army corps should have been aware of such weaknesses in the existing earth dam. Okeechobee dam was similar but we reinforced it with flood control satellite controlled vaults as a preventive measures.

    V For vendettaV For vendettaDay ago
  • you should read your federal guide lines this is your responsibility. this altogether makes insurtance guide lines all too readily availabler. so insuirance would be available for the most of these plans.

    Bill WilliamsBill WilliamsDay ago
  • their biggest mistake is that the town had not been keeping up with all the emergency instructions to have a ten thousand men force to go in to drink up all the water. any sensible crtew leader would have known this from the beginning. THE TEN THOUSAND MAN CREW WOULD HAVE HAD EASY BACKUP PLANS TO ALLOW OTHER EMERGENCY CREWS WITH A HEADS UP.

    Bill WilliamsBill WilliamsDay ago
  • I don't think local people who live near it realize how lucky they are to have Hines Park

    Ash Ketchums DadAsh Ketchums DadDay ago
  • You clean energy freaks here's a chance for a lot of hydro braids in your face and on a silver platter how come you ain't said nothing bottom line is you're all full of s***

    henry frerikshenry freriksDay ago
  • The state sued at least one of the dam operators to keep the water at a level higher than the operator deemed safe in order to keep mussels from dying.

    gantmjgantmjDay ago
  • Remember Blame the office of the Governor of the State of Michigan. I said the office not the current incompetent one as this neglect has been going on for years. Time to leave the world to themselves and time to take care of our own problems

    christopher millschristopher millsDay ago
  • The utility operating those dams could not afford to maintain them. So they lowered the water level to a safe height. but SOMEONE at the STATE told them to raise it because of some endangered fresh water muscle. It was Attorney General Dana Nessel

    davide browndavide brownDay ago
  • As always Juan, great reporting. Hope everyone is safe over dere in MITCHigan, don't ya know. :oP

    panda44rpanda44rDay ago
  • River's are not supposed to be Damded

    Randy GobleRandy GobleDay ago
  • I bet insurance companies would not allow anyone to buy flood insurance. I live on a lake and can't buy it.

    Diane GeigerDiane GeigerDay ago
  • Tis' The Season For LOOTING...!!!

    Wonka ChocolatesWonka ChocolatesDay ago
  • This is what happens when the government weather federal or the state failed to maintain their infrastructure

    Dax armsDax armsDay ago
  • Earth field damn fail. Steel bulk heads in the middle help or concrete. Stop doing this crap

    MrDavidelliottjrMrDavidelliottjr2 days ago
  • We should un-dam all these damn rivers damnit.

    NickAndCarolineNickAndCaroline2 days ago
  • Edenville Dam did not fail from the flood. It failed from years of neglect. Following the federal government's 2018 license revocation, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) took oversight of the dam. EGLE determined that the dam was structurally sound.

    joe mcmillanjoe mcmillan2 days ago
  • I don't understand why the dams could not have been releasing large amounts of extra water a couple of days ahead of what they KNEW was coming... It was forecast well in advance, the radar showed it plain as can be.... They could have dropped those reservoirs by a good ten foot before the torrential downpours even started... Could they not? And if not, why not? Should that not be SOP? I can grab a box of crayons and explain it for them if they'd like... An awful lot of home owners on the receiving end of this mess sure would appreciate it...

    newagetojonewagetojo2 days ago
  • As long as, NOT MANY People GET KILLED, NOT Too MANY , WILL CARE, Anyway !!! Je3

    Artere LaksamanaArtere Laksamana2 days ago
  • As long as they don't kill ANY ONE , NO ONE , CARES, Anyway...!!

    Artere LaksamanaArtere Laksamana2 days ago
  • Historically, if the Michigan Pharoah fails to get the message, this will be followed by plague of insects, etc. until she lets the people go....

    Carl StreetCarl Street2 days ago
  • It is the state of Michigan’s fault partially. The hydro company lowered the level of the water because the federal government said they were unsafe. That’s why the feds pulled their license to generate power. The state made them fill it back up because of some fresh water mussels or the like. State owns this one

    cmphighpowercmphighpower2 days ago
  • I don't see this source mentioned in comments, so - landslide expert Dave Petley's blog has posted technical analysis and satellite photos of Edenville. Add "The Landslide Blog" to your RSS client, or go directly to blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/

    lanceanzlanceanz2 days ago
  • This natural flood happened right after those rebels flooded the Capitol building! Think 🤔 about it!

    Charles WilliamsCharles Williams2 days ago
  • The Democrats in New Orleans appointed their family members to the levee board jobs and they did no maintenance to the levees leading to the city flooding during hurricane Katrina.

    GlitterGlitter2 days ago
    • @Ernest Brown Ahhhhh what?

      GlitterGlitter11 hours ago
    • Yeah so in Michigan Rick Snyder a Republican left them holding the bag with a hole it! Ain't nothing Demcrat in La! Dixieland!

      Ernest BrownErnest Brown20 hours ago
  • Stretching gretchen doing a great job up here in Michigan.

    kev ckev c2 days ago
  • Do not take Vaccinations as part of a fear created from rising water. The Nile has risen for 4500 years. Only difference here is your goven'ors demonic overlord sodomizers are not finished with her yet! more trauma for the people of Michigan a Cometh !

    joe canuckjoe canuck2 days ago
  • The more Head, the greater the potential damage. Thanks "newbie" engineers. Not a Clue. Politics rules, for now.

    joe canuckjoe canuck2 days ago
  • Where are the inbred hicks with their guns protesting against the rain, you scumbags deserve everything God is throwing in your way.

    FVPFVP2 days ago
  • Thanks Man. All Dams are problematic. " Screw'n with nature ". Quebec is littered with failed hydro attempts, North east shore of the Ottawa river into the St. Lawrence. Damn Engineer's.

    joe canuckjoe canuck2 days ago
  • Sanford Dam did not fail... Second and Edenville dams did.

    T BT B2 days ago
  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ignored growing concerns about the dam’s ability to withstand heavy rain and focused instead on environmental conservation. Just three weeks before the flood, AG Dana Nessel sued the owner of the dam, Boyce Hydro Power LLC, alleging it illegally killed thousands of freshwater mussels by lowering water levels. As a result of pressure from the Michigan AG to keep water levels high, and inaction on safety concerns, the dam did not have an adequate spillway capacity and collapsed. Days after feds (EPA) revoked the dam’s license to generate power (2017), the State (Fascists Whitmer regime under Nessel) assumed oversight, inspected the dam and declared it and its spillways to be in “fair structural condition" and not lower the water by 8 feet.

    Washington HoaxWashington Hoax2 days ago
  • Michigan is a republican stronghold, right? Just like the Puerto Rican governor ,and the perpetual victim mayor and governor of Louisiana during Katrina.

    David PattonDavid Patton2 days ago
  • Interesting how this never made it into European mainstream media and news...

    Pașca AlexandruPașca Alexandru2 days ago

    MannequinwizardMannequinwizard2 days ago
  • I heard that these dams had deficiencies since 2011, the company responsible for these deficiencies is Boyce Hydro.

    vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt2 days ago
    • Gov Whitmer's Attorney General Dana Nessel sued Boyce Hydro to NOT lower the water level just 3 weeks before the failure. The defieciencies are with leadership and Democrat tree hugging knuckle draggers.

      Washington HoaxWashington Hoax2 days ago
    • Now the large companies swoop in and purchase everything, sewer, water, schools, roads everything. Goodbye democracy.

      vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt2 days ago
  • GOOD.... nature will be back to IT'S NATURAL state before the men blocked it's natural path. If Mother Earth could talk the human langage it would be: DON'T FUCK WITH ME .....AND I WON'T FUCK WITH YOU

    New DimensionNew Dimension2 days ago
  • Free haircuts at the capitol tho!

    iGame3DiGame3D2 days ago
  • Dam dominoes.

    GNGN2 days ago
  • Of all places to have this happen, ugh what a frign nightmare. I feel that the homeowners should not be the ones to come up with the money to fix ones property. It's the state governments fault for not updating the dams like they should have and they should be held accountable to pay for ALL of the damage that occurs from this. Though that is unlikely in this country where the people get fucked over all the damn time.

    Daisygirl1217Daisygirl12172 days ago
  • EGLE and Whitmer administration is at fault. They told them to RAISE the water level despite the federal government telling Michigan this dam was going to fail. In March if this year Whitmers Michigan EGLE gave the dam an all clear after their inspection in response to federal warning. She is the kiss of death for Michigan.

    Dylan KSDylan KS2 days ago
    • Her AG sued to prevent the draining down of Spring water surges while making fake claims of safety.

      Washington HoaxWashington Hoax2 days ago