Officials assessing damage in wake of Mich. flooding

Ryan Stadelmaier, 16, gives a piggyback ride to his sister Rachel Stadelmaier, 27, as they cross Walden Woods Drive while helping residents tend to their flooded homes, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

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UPDATED 12:40 PM PT — Thursday, May 21, 2020

Residents in Michigan began picking up the pieces Thursday in the wake of severe flooding. Authorities are assessing the damage left behind a few days after a dam in Midland County along the Tittabawassee River became overwhelmed by heavy rain.

Several thousand people have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared.

Firefighters launch a boat as the Tittabawassee River overflows, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan’s governor has expressed gratitude for those on the front lines.

“I want to start by thanking our first responders, who did heroic work in the late hours, in the midst of global pandemic, to get people out and to keep them safe. …The damage is truly devastating. To see how high the water levels are, to see roofs barely visible in parts of midland and to see a lake that’s been drained in another part. It’s truly remarkable how much damage we have sustained. But I think the most remarkable thing that I saw yesterday was people that were stepping up to help one another and take care of one another.” – Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan

Residents downstream have been warned of more potential flooding. According to officials, they probably won’t know the full extent of the damage for several days.

In the meantime, the dam’s operators are being investigated.

Freeland resident Cyndi Ballien walks up to get a closer look as heavy rain floods North Gleaner Road near its intersection with Tittabawassee Road on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Saginaw County, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

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