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During the recent flooding on the Tittabawasee River, the Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County helped absorb flooding and protect downstream areas. reports  could offer clues for how to protect the region as a whole. State and local experts have already noted that supposedly once in a century flooding has battered the Great Lakes Bay region regularly over the last decade.

Eric Dunton is with the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. He says the refuge could offer solutions for reducing the impact of future floods.

Aerial view of flooding in Midland
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Last week’s flooding in Mid-Michigan is just one more example of how the earth’s changing climate is having dangerous and costly consequences. 

Jonathan Overpeck is dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He says climate change is going to lead to more flooding events. 

  Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week on Friday sued the operator of the dams and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures.

The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate their homes after being overwhelmed by flooding along the Tittabawassee River and conjoining waterways.

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President Trump announced he signed an emergency declaration for the city of Midland during a visit to the Rawsonville Ford Plant on Thursday.

Thousands of people were evacuated after dams failed in a catastrophic flooding event. 

"The Governor and I had a great conversation this morning, and at the appropriate time I'll go and see the area that we'll be fixing--we're going to help you out. We signed an emergency declaration very quickly," President Donald Trump explained.

Aerial view of flooding in Midland
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The City of Midland is evacuating a quarter of its residents in preparation for what officials say is a once in a 500-year flood. 

On Tuesday, two dams upstream of Midland failed leading city officials to call for the immediate evacuation of some 10,000 residents.  

Brad Kaye is the Midland City Manager. He said the highest flood levels the city has seen were 33 feet in 1986. 

“We are looking at flood heights that are approximately 4 ½ to 5 feet higher than the 1986 flood that we had, which is the highest we ever had in the city of Midland.”

North Lansing Dam
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The dam failures that have inundated Midland and surrounding communities with water are the latest example in a growing problem in the nation. The U-S Army Corps of Engineers says the average age of dams in the country is 57 years.

Lori Spragens is the executive director of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. She says incidents like this are preventable if politicians pay attention.

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Officials say the newest phase in a multi-year cleanup of dioxin contamination downstream of the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland should get underway next year and cost about $6 million.

Discharges from the plant in the last century boosted levels of dioxins in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and their floodplains.

Dioxins are highly toxic chemicals that can cause serious health problems including cancer.

Cleanup has been underway since 2012 on a 21-mile section of the Tittabawassee floodplain.

Authorities say a 51-year-old suburban Detroit man is charged with murder in the 1991 fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend's mother in Midland County after a review of cold cases turned up new evidence.

The Michigan attorney general's office and Midland County authorities say Michael McIntyre of New Hudson was arraigned Friday on felony murder and first-degree premediated murder charges in the attack on 43-year-old Diane Ross at her home in Lee Township.

McIntyre pleaded not guilty and is getting a court-appointed lawyer.

DuPont, Dow Chemical seek merger, then 3-way split

Dec 11, 2015

Dow Chemical and the DuPont Co. announced Friday that they are merging in a $130 billion chemical industry megadeal.

The merger would combine two companies that sell agricultural products to millions of farmers around the world, and make a variety of chemicals for consumer and industrial products ranging from electronics, automobiles, and household goods to building materials and safety equipment.

The two companies will form DowDuPont, then separate into three independent publicly traded companies focused on agriculture, material science and specialty products.

Shares of DuPont, Dow soar on reports of merger talks

Dec 9, 2015
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Shares of Dow Chemical and DuPont are trading sharply higher amid reports that the two chemical giants are in advanced merger discussions.