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

  • Mike Adams
    Mike Adams

    If i could post pics i would

  • Mike Adams
    Mike Adams

    Yeah i stood a foot from the edge. On ther bridge of edenville. My dad lives 3 miles away from that bridge that is completly destroyed now.

  • D. League
    D. League

    We've known for over a hundred years that earthen dams are unstable when the water rises, and yet they are being built today.

  • MissN Perfection
    MissN Perfection

    Didn't people learn anything about earthen dams from the hard lessons my town of Johnstown,Pennsylvania had to learn! Get rid of these God awful dams already! Nothing but heartbreak and disaster come from them!

  • TopSecretVid

    Such a shame. Glad no one died from this..but those towns will never be the same

  • Curlyanne B
    Curlyanne B

    What good is an earthen spillway? As you said, if it overtook, it will go eventually.

  • Vincenzo Vieri
    Vincenzo Vieri

    damn, you know everything!

  • yasio bolo
    yasio bolo

    Juan, You the go to guy for interesting technical details. Also love the new mic and the COVID-19 hair too.

    • yasio bolo
      yasio bolo

      interesting. Very educational. Thank u.

  • Baby Driver
    Baby Driver

    I'd say those folks are in for a hard time.

  • Atricia Cannon
    Atricia Cannon

    Water weight on Mississippi River likely could trigger New Madrid EQ zone. See the future US Navy map for what would result.💀🌊😣

  • Thomas maurer
    Thomas maurer

    need a Geo map overlay .. its all flat there ...

  • James

    Thank you for the info

  • detcat312

    yes the owners of the dams have been trying to get the ok to lower the water level but since the state didn't give them the go a head they had to raise the water level back up, they were and are suing in federal court to get to lower the water level for the past few years.

  • wheeping willow2 4U
    wheeping willow2 4U

    what happened to the nuke plant?

  • wheeping willow2 4U
    wheeping willow2 4U

    Would you mind if I spread your vid on my channel giving you all credit or course. thanks

  • Diggity Diggit
    Diggity Diggit

    USA is in decay and yet we go to. Mideast and Central Asia to spend TRILLIONS waging war. Krazy

  • Frank Cardinell Jr
    Frank Cardinell Jr

    Dams failing just like their governor

  • Man Koke
    Man Koke

    Ins, co, know your in flood danger?? They prob, know all dams odds n conditions? U ask bout flood ins, salesman walks out laffing,

  • Anthony Mark
    Anthony Mark

    Imagine watching the nightly news today 30 years ago ,,, massive pandemic that's keeping people Inside unable to go to church , massive flooding forcing you to go outside where the virus could kill you , a sitting president abusing his position by overruling govners ( which the Constitution clearly states you can't do ) ... Dems & Republicans trying to secretly trying to sabotage one another .... Massive storms destroying homes & family's like nothing .... Read the book of REVALATIOS .... OWKARD!!!!

  • David Stevens
    David Stevens

    This will go in history books. Maybe not as bad as the St. Francis Dam Disaster, but it's up there.

  • The Raisin
    The Raisin

    This is all Trump's fault. He should have acted earlier to stem these overflows. Now our esteemed Governor Whitmer has to clean up the mess the Administration made.

    • smytb

      The Raisin- And you are dumber than a box of rocks!!! It's YOUR fault, not Trumps!!

    • S D
      S D

      Raisins are yummie

  • orangeblueandlavenda

    Somebody stole that money from you to fix that dam/levee. They spent it on a security system. Infasteucture does not include security systems.

  • Victor Jeffers
    Victor Jeffers

    Spillways are not big enough in the first place ! Somebody is negligent !

  • MarkoDeLaVoota

    no wonder , state run by money stilling demonrats , money for illegals no money for infrastructure

  • Fun# Larry
    Fun# Larry

    interesting. Very educational. Thank u.

  • Weining Ding
    Weining Ding

    It’s all China ‘s fault !

  • robert bryant
    robert bryant

    Was this one of the dams that nazi Gretchen was "supposedly" to have repaired, just like all the bad Mi highways?

  • Paul Smith
    Paul Smith

    It’s nice to see the river return to its natural state. Would be better not to rebuild the dams.


    @ TWO dams.. SMMFH..!!!!!!!!! past pittiful

  • Paul Henry
    Paul Henry

    Thanks for the information!

  • 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?

    • DA62 Owner
      DA62 Owner

      Sally Bridges I hope your daughter came through the event safely. The problem was a court order preventing the lake levels from being lowered as was the usual procedure prior to a significant rain event. The levels in the upper two lakes compounded the problem when they started to spill over the spillway. The upper two dams were not breached though and are still holding water. There were four dams in all and it was the lower two dams which failed.

  • wils pu
    wils pu

    Global warming?

    • smytb


  • 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 UZsoft.

  • 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?

    • DA62 Owner
      DA62 Owner

      Donavon Robbins an earth dam will fail if overtopped. An earth dam will also fail if the water is too high causing a hydraulic gradient greater than the dam designers intended. This will cause seepage which leads to piping which leads to catastrophic failure. Once the water level reached the height it did, the failure of the earth dam was inevitable. The dam actually lasted much longer than people thought it would. It was solely the water level in the lake that caused the dam failure.

  • 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/

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