Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Midland County, noting that the area ‘could be under 9 feet of water’
. “If you don’t, go to one of the shelters that have opened across the county.”
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“In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water,” Whitmer continued. “We are anticipating a historic high water level.”
According to the
, this was the second time in 24 hours that residents were urged to evacuate. The National Weather Service first ordered evacuations after four to seven inches of rain flooded the area on Sunday and Monday.
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On Wednesday morning, the Tittabawassee River surged past its record Midland mark of 33.39 feet and is continuing to rise.
It is projected to crest around 38 feet by 8 p.m. EST, CNN reported.
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Whitmer is asking that those seeking out shelter continue to observe coronavirus precautions to “the best of your ability,” including wearing masks and remaining six feet apart.
“To go through this in the midst of a global pandemic is almost unthinkable,” she said. “But we are here, and to the best of our ability we are going to navigate this together.”
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