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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) declared a state of emergency for Midland County on Tuesday night after two dams failed, flooding areas along the Tittabawassee River. The National Weather Service warned anyone near the engorged river to seek higher ground after "catastrophic dam failures" at the Edenville and Sanford dams, about 140 miles north of Detroit. Michigan officials said about 10,000 residents are being evacuated in Midland, Edenville, and Sanford. Midland, a town of 42,000, has a major Dow Chemical plant on the city''''s riverbank.

周二晚上,密歇根州州长格雷琴·惠特默宣布米德兰县进入紧急状态,原因是两座水坝垮塌后,导致Tittabawassee河沿岸地区洪水泛滥。美国国家气象局警告说,在底特律以北约140英里处的埃登维尔和桑福德大坝发生“灾难性的溃坝”后,任何靠近这条满溢河流的人都要前往地势更高的地方避难。密西根州官员说,米德兰、伊登维尔和桑福德大约有1万居民被疏散。米德兰是一个拥有4.2万人口的小镇,在该市的河岸上有一家属于陶氏化学的大型工厂。

"In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately nine feet of water," Whitmer warned in a press briefing late Tuesday. "If you have not evacuated the area, do so now and get somewhere safe," she added in a statement. "This is unlike anything we''''ve seen in Midland County. If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now. If you don''''t, go to one of the shelters that have opened across the county."

“在接下来的12到15个小时内,米德兰市中心可能被大约9英尺深的水淹没,”惠特默在周二晚些时候的新闻发布会上警告说。“如果你还没有撤离该地区,现在就撤离,到安全的地方去,”她在一份声明中补充说。“现在的情况不同于我们以前在米德兰县看到的任何情况。如果你有家人或爱人住在本州的另一个地方,现在就去那里。如果没有,那就前往该县另一边已经开放的避难所。”

Heavy rains have caused flooding as far away as Chicago this week. The Edenville Dam, built in 1924, was rated in unsatisfactory condition by Michigan in 2018 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revoked the license of its operator, The Associated Press reports. In all, Michigan had 19 high hazard dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition in 2018, AP adds. The Sanford Dam, built in 1925, was deemed in fair condition by the state, and both it and the Edenville Dam "are in the process of being sold."

本周的暴雨已经导致洪水泛滥,最远影响到芝加哥。据美联社报道,1924年建成的埃登维尔大坝在2018年被密歇根州评为不合格大坝,联邦能源管理委员会吊销了其运营者的执照。美联社补充道,2018年,密歇根州共有19座高危险水坝处于糟糕或不令人满意的状态。建于1925年的桑福德大坝被认为状况良好,它和艾登维尔大坝都“处于被出售的过程中”。