Michigan dam that failed had license revoked by feds over fears it couldn’t withstand major flooding

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The owner of a dam in Michigan that failed to hold back floodwaters on Tuesday had its license revoked by federal regulators in 2018 over numerous violations and concerns about withstanding a significant flood, according to federal records.

The Edenville Dam, on the border of Midland and Gladwin counties, failed late Tuesday, causing another dam downstream to be overtopped by water and forcing mass evacuations along the Tittabawassee River. The city of Midland had an estimated 9 feet of floodwater downtown.

Boyce Hydro Power, which operated the breached Edenville Dam before agreeing to sell it this year, had failed for years to make repairs to it, according to FOX2.

In 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered the company to shut down all electric-generating equipment. The biggest concern from the regulatory commission was the potential for the dam to fail if floodwaters rose too much.

 

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