Status: 20.05.2020 11:28 a.m.

Heavy rain has caused flooding in the US state of Michigan. Around 10,000 people have to be accommodated in emergency shelters – a difficult task given the measures taken against the coronavirus.

Around 10,000 people have had to leave their homes in Michigan because of flooding after heavy rains. In the Midland district, the Edenville and Sanford dams were broken due to the water mass, the authorities said.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer had declared a state of emergency for the county. People should seek shelter in shelters or stay with relatives or friends outside of the district. Downtown Midland could be as much as 2.70 meters under water in the next few hours, Whitmer warned. “We expect a historical flood level,” she added. The National Weather Service also warned of extremely dangerous flash floods.

No injuries so far

Aerial photographs show how masses of water flooded streets after one of the dams broke. So far, no one has been injured, a spokesman for the district administration told CNN. Around 3,500 residential buildings have been cleared.

However, housing so many citizens in emergency shelters is a challenge given the spread of the corona virus. The people were equipped with face masks, the emergency services wore protective clothing. “Getting through this in the midst of a global pandemic is almost unimaginable. But we are here and we will do our best to do it together,” said the governor. The National Guard is helping with the evacuation.

Other states in the US Midwest have been experiencing heavy rainfall for days.

The tagesschau reported on this topic on May 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.






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