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:

  • cbale2000

    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.

    • Angus Beef
      Angus Beef

      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

    • MrDavidelliottjr

      Lmfao @ 500 year flood levels.

    • William R Coffey
      William R Coffey

      @Mark W It is spelled MUSSELS, graduates!

    • William R Coffey
      William R Coffey

      @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.

    • Michael Stover
      Michael Stover

      @gravelydon he will find a way

  • Tim Walter
    Tim Walter

    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.

  • brad polmateer
    brad polmateer

    Holy crap that's brutal God bless all those affected

  • 808 R I D E S
    808 R I D E S

    I dont give a damn about no dam. see what i did there?

  • Conspiracyphreak Phreaka
    Conspiracyphreak Phreaka

    earth filled damns... mmmmk ive heard enough lol...

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty

    Seriously....most excellent coverage, explanation, visuals concerning this unfortunate situation 👍

    • sehhi vooty
      sehhi vooty

      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

  • Nacho Friend
    Nacho Friend

    Heart breaking for family's effected..I can't even imagin

  • Courtney Cherry
    Courtney Cherry

    Great coverage! Please tell me, is flint also affected and evacuated? Everyone is in my thoughts!

  • Justin W
    Justin W

    Get your facts straight if your going to post a video I’m a local.

  • Justin W
    Justin W

    Edenville did not have an emergency spillway you don’t know what your talking about!!!

  • Coolzie Dog
    Coolzie Dog

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

  • Sally Bridges
    Sally Bridges

    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?

  • wils pu
    wils pu

    Global warming?

  • Anthony DaGuanno
    Anthony DaGuanno

    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.

  • Mister No Name
    Mister No Name

    Why am I getting an alert for this video five days after the fact. Come on IRsoft.

  • dansw0rkshop

    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.

  • Omar Nova
    Omar Nova

    thank you very much for your explanation!

  • SHARon Ready
    SHARon Ready

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

  • Władca Wymiaru
    Władca Wymiaru

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

  • pork n beans
    pork n beans


  • Mark Lawson
    Mark Lawson

    Same things gonna happen with lake Cumberland we've just been lucky

  • hope king
    hope king

    Intersting and scary!

  • Noah Holsworth
    Noah Holsworth

    Interesting video!! I’m located about 2 miles from the Sanford dam

  • Donavon Robbins
    Donavon Robbins

    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?

  • Susan Heckman
    Susan Heckman

    Saginaw, MI resident . . . .thank you for explaining and showing. Prayers to all.

  • HW2800


  • Pfsif

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

  • Anti-WBD

    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.

  • V For vendetta
    V For vendetta

    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.

  • Bill Williams
    Bill Williams

    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 Williams
    Bill Williams

    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.

  • Ash Ketchums Dad
    Ash Ketchums Dad

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

  • henry freriks
    henry freriks

    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***

  • gantmj

    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.

  • christopher mills
    christopher mills

    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

  • davide brown
    davide brown

    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

  • panda44r

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

  • Randy Goble
    Randy Goble

    River's are not supposed to be Damded

  • Diane Geiger
    Diane Geiger

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

  • Wonka Chocolates
    Wonka Chocolates

    Tis' The Season For LOOTING...!!!

  • Dax arms
    Dax arms

    This is what happens when the government weather federal or the state failed to maintain their infrastructure

  • MrDavidelliottjr

    Earth field damn fail. Steel bulk heads in the middle help or concrete. Stop doing this crap

  • NickAndCaroline

    We should un-dam all these damn rivers damnit.

  • joe mcmillan
    joe mcmillan

    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.

  • newagetojo

    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...

  • Artere Laksamana
    Artere Laksamana

    As long as, NOT MANY People GET KILLED, NOT Too MANY , WILL CARE, Anyway !!! Je3

  • Artere Laksamana
    Artere Laksamana

    As long as they don't kill ANY ONE , NO ONE , CARES, Anyway...!!

  • Carl Street
    Carl Street

    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....

  • cmphighpower

    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

  • lanceanz

    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/

  • Charles Williams
    Charles Williams

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

  • Glitter

    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.

    • Ernest Brown
      Ernest Brown

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

  • kev c
    kev c

    Stretching gretchen doing a great job up here in Michigan.

  • joe canuck
    joe canuck

    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 canuck
    joe canuck

    The more Head, the greater the potential damage. Thanks "newbie" engineers. Not a Clue. Politics rules, for now.

  • FVP

    Where are the inbred hicks with their guns protesting against the rain, you scumbags deserve everything God is throwing in your way.

  • joe canuck
    joe canuck

    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.

  • T B
    T B

    Sanford Dam did not fail... Second and Edenville dams did.

  • Washington Hoax
    Washington Hoax

    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.

  • David Patton
    David Patton

    Michigan is a republican stronghold, right? Just like the Puerto Rican governor ,and the perpetual victim mayor and governor of Louisiana during Katrina.

  • Pașca Alexandru
    Pașca Alexandru

    Interesting how this never made it into European mainstream media and news...

  • Mannequinwizard


  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

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

    • Washington Hoax
      Washington Hoax

      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.

    • vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt

      Now the large companies swoop in and purchase everything, sewer, water, schools, roads everything. Goodbye democracy.

  • New Dimension
    New Dimension

    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

  • iGame3D

    Free haircuts at the capitol tho!

  • GN

    Dam dominoes.

  • Daisygirl1217

    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.

  • Dylan KS
    Dylan KS

    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.

    • Washington Hoax
      Washington Hoax

      Her AG sued to prevent the draining down of Spring water surges while making fake claims of safety.

  • Troll Master
    Troll Master

    Governor too busy shutting down small business.

  • t bizzle
    t bizzle

    Oh they weren't taken care of... that explains it . So sue thier ass..... As a surveyor I guarantee these structures were neglected as in part no one paying attention to opening the spillways to maximum capacity. All your ditches are full of debris I see it everywhere. Unless y'all are building an Amazon building and 100 acres just got buzzed up stream. But 8 in? Wow.

  • Michael P. Bisceglia
    Michael P. Bisceglia

    Covid 19 related flood...

  • Robert Bradley
    Robert Bradley

    Do you think that preemptive action could have prevented the massive amount of damage.. Controlled flooding downstream would be a hard decision to make but the weather forecast would have predicted the amount of rain to be expected.. Did they just cross there fingers and hope for the best?

  • Kent Krizman
    Kent Krizman

    Dam nice analysis Juan.

  • bomaite1

    We are not able to afford modern infrastructure in this country because of of our massive military involvement at virtually every other point on the globe. Even in peacetime we have troops fighting at multiple sites and hundreds of bases around the world. Our buildup of military force makes it necessary for other countries to increase their strength to counter us, causing a continuous escalation of arms threat. It is now high time to rethink our strategy for safety in the world. It has made us unable to maintain a pandemic response team and various other social and economic support mechanisms.

  • Papa Grimmy
    Papa Grimmy

    Was the town of Owasso effected?????

  • Roxanne Wintershall
    Roxanne Wintershall

    "Fix the damn roads!" Sorry, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but you've got the WRONG priorities. And a numb nut of an AG. It's really a major Dem failure.

    • Ernest Brown
      Ernest Brown

      Hey Roxy! She just got in but your probably a fake Republican always blaming anyone but your guy! Rick Snyder Republican 2011 2019 not good enough for you!

  • 409novaman

    Michigan governor Whitmer is more interested in fighting a small town barber's right to make a living and cheating in the next election to be concerned about some damn dam.

  • Faith Smith
    Faith Smith

    Just a thought. With all the dams in the world. Does anyone nowadays really know what to do or what will happen? Does that make sense?" Is there planned situations of dams failing? The only way to understand some of this stuff is to go through it. I assume most people look at a dan and go yep concrete wall & don't give it a 2nd thought. Never been any issues. Not gonna ever worry about it. I want to know the actual number of how many dams in the world are WAY outdated. And the excuse has always been no money too expensive. Well just look what will happen.

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  • maccon1

    Now the large companies swoop in and purchase everything, sewer, water, schools, roads everything. Goodbye democracy.