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:



  • 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.

    cbale2000cbale200013 ditë më parë
    • 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

      Angus BeefAngus Beef8 ditë më parë
    • Lmfao @ 500 year flood levels.

      MrDavidelliottjrMrDavidelliottjr8 ditë më parë
    • @Mark W It is spelled MUSSELS, graduates!

      William R CoffeyWilliam R Coffey9 ditë më parë
    • @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.

      William R CoffeyWilliam R Coffey9 ditë më parë
    • @gravelydon he will find a way

      Michael StoverMichael Stover10 ditë më parë
  • Thank you, this was very educational for those outside MI trying to understand and keep up with this story. Praying for all those impacted.

    asioe kiouasioe kiouDitë më parë
    • Ahhhh damn it!!🤦🏻‍♂️

      asioe kiouasioe kiouDitë më parë
  • Great pictures and overall story. But what the pictures don’t tell is that when the Edenville dam ruptured, the water didn’t go over the TOP of the earthen berm, but rather the water pushed its way THROUGH the MIDDLE of the berm, and the top of the berm simply collapsed. So that section of the dam was completely gone within a matter of roughly one minute. One of the most incredible statistics of the whole thing is that there were zero casualties as a DIRECT result of the flooding (there have, however, been a few casualties involving people who suffered medical complications while evacuating, so I am loathe to say that there have been no casualties at all). That says A LOT for our emergency services here in Midland County. FYI: I grew up and live just two miles from the Edenville dam.

    garrisonawgarrisonawDitë më parë
  • 2020 is delivery all the apocalypse we need for real

    Gabe PLGabe PL2 ditë më parë
  • Why earth filled?

    When Death Declares WarWhen Death Declares War2 ditë më parë
  • Thanks for the best report I have seen on those dam failures. I am shocked see the cascade failures. It seems to me that the failure of one dam should not lead to the failure of the next one downstream. The whole world should learn a lesson from this. I live in Ireland but I am addicted to all the news from the US.

    Michael DugganMichael Duggan2 ditë më parë

    Squarehead CoughlinSquarehead Coughlin3 ditë më parë
  • My wife and I lost our home in the Umatilla river flood of February 6 through 8 2020. We will NEVER EVER live in a flood plain again. We were there for a about 19 years. It seemed fine at the time , but now, in retrospect, it's hard to see why we even considered living there in the first place.

    ZEEKUPPZEEKUPP3 ditë më parë
  • Who the hell named this river ?

    Kasumi KojiroKasumi Kojiro3 ditë më parë
  • Isn't there a dam on Dow property also?

    Matt GembarowskiMatt Gembarowski3 ditë më parë
  • Best overview I’ve seen...good job

    louis masonlouis mason3 ditë më parë
  • Why do people build homes next to dams sooner or later this would happen🇺🇸🇺🇸

    Miriam RodriguezMiriam Rodriguez3 ditë më parë
  • He knows dams, he knows airplanes. What the heck else does he know???

    Andrew JohnAndrew John4 ditë më parë
  • Not related to this terrible event but did you hear about the crash of Wings of Fame's crash of the N9M? I am fully aware that you can't cover every genav accident but knowing your a bit! of a aviation history buff I am surprised that you didn't devot an episode that this loss of a very significant part of aviation history.

    Paul YanoPaul Yano4 ditë më parë
    • I need the whole story

      blancolirioblancolirio4 ditë më parë


  • ' come on americans people... time to work up, clean up, done up, finish up... do it now and soon to be summer season time... wonderful weather

    bestamericabestamerica4 ditë më parë
  • 500 year flooding, this looks like something written in the scriptures that would happen in the future from those writings back then. those are man made lakes unnatural to the creator, something isnt being talked about of why this broke. flooding just does'nt happen, everything was fine the day before this flooding happened, i am sure a warning of a malfunction in those systems those engineers would have known something wasnt working properly way sooner then to neglect it as if it looks ok. this is something else cause this flooding is happening faster then anyone can get a handle on, people will be flooded out of the communities much will be destroyed and much lost due to this mysterious unexplained flooding. 500 years and all of a sudden its flooding!!!!!! did the Almighty Creator cause this with the wave of his hand, and the question is why? does this go back to Tecumseh and the wars here in the 5 lakes, we all know that the universal laws were'nt created by religion or the order of Man over Man like its Now, something big is happening thats is out of the control of Man strange things are going on people, much suffering is happening on a slow movement and Man isnt in control of these movements of the Earth...500 year flood levels, sounds like the mud floods dont it....

    Copper AboriginiesCopper Aboriginies5 ditë më parë
  • Ahhhh damn it!!🤦🏻‍♂️

    Daniel GallegosDaniel Gallegos5 ditë më parë
  • I believe the first failed dam is at Edenville and not the dam parallel to the Second Road. The two are over 18 miles apart.

    sam wattsam watt5 ditë më parë
  • Seriously....most excellent coverage, explanation, visuals concerning this unfortunate situation 👍

    dcoog anmldcoog anml5 ditë më parë
    • Would you mind if I spread your vid on my channel giving you all credit or course. thanks

      dcoog anmldcoog anml5 ditë më parë
  • Get a real rain gauge. www.cocorahs.org

    TheGhung FuTheGhung Fu5 ditë më parë

    phillip krikorianphillip krikorian5 ditë më parë
  • If i could post pics i would

    Mike AdamsMike Adams5 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    Mike AdamsMike Adams5 ditë më parë
  • We've known for over a hundred years that earthen dams are unstable when the water rises, and yet they are being built today.

    D. LeagueD. League5 ditë më parë
  • 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!

    MissN PerfectionMissN Perfection5 ditë më parë
  • Such a shame. Glad no one died from this..but those towns will never be the same

    TopSecretVidTopSecretVid6 ditë më parë
  • What good is an earthen spillway? As you said, if it overtook, it will go eventually.

    Curlyanne BCurlyanne B6 ditë më parë
  • damn, you know everything!

    Vincenzo VieriVincenzo Vieri6 ditë më parë
  • Juan, You the go to guy for interesting technical details. Also love the new mic and the COVID-19 hair too.

    yasio boloyasio bolo6 ditë më parë
    • interesting. Very educational. Thank u.

      yasio boloyasio bolo6 ditë më parë
  • I'd say those folks are in for a hard time.

    Baby DriverBaby Driver6 ditë më parë
  • Water weight on Mississippi River likely could trigger New Madrid EQ zone. See the future US Navy map for what would result.💀🌊😣

    Atricia CannonAtricia Cannon6 ditë më parë
  • need a Geo map overlay .. its all flat there ...

    Thomas maurerThomas maurer6 ditë më parë
  • Thank you for the info

    JamesJames6 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    detcat312detcat3126 ditë më parë
  • what happened to the nuke plant?

    wheeping willow2 4Uwheeping willow2 4U6 ditë më parë
  • Would you mind if I spread your vid on my channel giving you all credit or course. thanks

    wheeping willow2 4Uwheeping willow2 4U6 ditë më parë
  • USA is in decay and yet we go to. Mideast and Central Asia to spend TRILLIONS waging war. Krazy

    Diggity DiggitDiggity Diggit6 ditë më parë
  • Dams failing just like their governor

    Frank Cardinell JrFrank Cardinell Jr6 ditë më parë
  • Ins, co, know your in flood danger?? They prob, know all dams odds n conditions? U ask bout flood ins, salesman walks out laffing,

    Man KokeMan Koke7 ditë më parë
  • 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!!!!

    Anthony MarkAnthony Mark7 ditë më parë
  • This will go in history books. Maybe not as bad as the St. Francis Dam Disaster, but it's up there.

    David StevensDavid Stevens7 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    The RaisinThe Raisin7 ditë më parë
    • The Raisin- And you are dumber than a box of rocks!!! It's YOUR fault, not Trumps!!

      smytbsmytb6 ditë më parë
    • Raisins are yummie

      S DS D7 ditë më parë
  • Somebody stole that money from you to fix that dam/levee. They spent it on a security system. Infasteucture does not include security systems.

    orangeblueandlavendaorangeblueandlavenda7 ditë më parë
  • Spillways are not big enough in the first place ! Somebody is negligent !

    Victor JeffersVictor Jeffers7 ditë më parë
  • no wonder , state run by money stilling demonrats , money for illegals no money for infrastructure

    MarkoDeLaVootaMarkoDeLaVoota7 ditë më parë
  • interesting. Very educational. Thank u.

    Fun# LarryFun# Larry7 ditë më parë
  • It’s all China ‘s fault !

    Weining DingWeining Ding7 ditë më parë
  • Was this one of the dams that nazi Gretchen was "supposedly" to have repaired, just like all the bad Mi highways?

    robert bryantrobert bryant7 ditë më parë
  • It’s nice to see the river return to its natural state. Would be better not to rebuild the dams.

    Paul SmithPaul Smith7 ditë më parë
  • @ TWO dams.. SMMFH..!!!!!!!!! past pittiful

    GIT LITGIT LIT7 ditë më parë
  • Thanks for the information!

    Paul HenryPaul Henry7 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    Tim WalterTim Walter7 ditë më parë
  • Holy crap that's brutal God bless all those affected

    brad polmateerbrad polmateer7 ditë më parë
  • I dont give a damn about no dam. see what i did there?

    Obtuse RackzzObtuse Rackzz7 ditë më parë
  • earth filled damns... mmmmk ive heard enough lol...

    Conspiracyphreak PhreakaConspiracyphreak Phreaka8 ditë më parë
  • Seriously....most excellent coverage, explanation, visuals concerning this unfortunate situation 👍

    sehhi vootysehhi vooty8 ditë më parë
    • 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

      sehhi vootysehhi vooty8 ditë më parë
  • Heart breaking for family's effected..I can't even imagin

    Nacho FriendNacho Friend8 ditë më parë
  • Great coverage! Please tell me, is flint also affected and evacuated? Everyone is in my thoughts!

    Courtney CherryCourtney Cherry8 ditë më parë
  • Get your facts straight if your going to post a video I’m a local.

    Justin WJustin W8 ditë më parë
  • Edenville did not have an emergency spillway you don’t know what your talking about!!!

    Justin WJustin W8 ditë më parë
  • Maybe them idiots can use their ar 15 to float with,haha dumbass dotard supporter the lord has the last word racist dipstick

    Coolzie DogCoolzie Dog8 ditë më parë
  • 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?

    Sally BridgesSally Bridges8 ditë më parë
    • 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.

      DA62 OwnerDA62 Owner6 ditë më parë
  • Global warming?

    wils puwils pu8 ditë më parë
    • Lol......

      smytbsmytb6 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    Anthony DaGuannoAnthony DaGuanno8 ditë më parë
  • Why am I getting an alert for this video five days after the fact. Come on AL-projects.

    Mister No NameMister No Name8 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    dansw0rkshopdansw0rkshop8 ditë më parë
  • thank you very much for your explanation!

    Omar NovaOmar Nova8 ditë më parë
  • Brilliant , I’m from Bristol.UK. I wanted a birds eye view of the damns and rivers etc . Can’t picture it otherwise !

    SHARon ReadySHARon Ready8 ditë më parë
  • We shouldn't dam the rivers, when they fails, they fail BADLY! Nothing on this planet is stronger than raging flood!

    Władca WymiaruWładca Wymiaru8 ditë më parë

    pork n beanspork n beans8 ditë më parë
  • Same things gonna happen with lake Cumberland we've just been lucky

    Mark LawsonMark Lawson8 ditë më parë
  • Intersting and scary!

    hope kinghope king8 ditë më parë
  • Interesting video!! I’m located about 2 miles from the Sanford dam

    Noah HolsworthNoah Holsworth8 ditë më parë
  • 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?

    Donavon RobbinsDonavon Robbins8 ditë më parë
    • 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.

      DA62 OwnerDA62 Owner6 ditë më parë
  • Saginaw, MI resident . . . .thank you for explaining and showing. Prayers to all.

    Susan HeckmanSusan Heckman8 ditë më parë
  • Dam!

    HW2800HW28008 ditë më parë
  • The Governor should just decree that water to stop flowing, you know like she did the economy.

    PfsifPfsif8 ditë më parë
  • 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.

    Anti-WBDAnti-WBD8 ditë më parë