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 Matthews
    Mike Matthews

    Operator failure!!! Same thing Thunderbird lake, A lady drowned in her car years ago. Poor maintenance to blame.

  • Jerry Miller
    Jerry Miller

    After watching a video of the devastation, I went to my maps on my phone and followed the Tittabawassee River back to Midland, this guy did a much better job, as he knows the area better than I do, this really helped to understand why the flow of water went in the direction it did, and how Midland was in the line of fire. Thanks!

  • The Darth Knight
    The Darth Knight

    One thing you hardly ever hear about is that you have to live in a flood plain to get flood insurance. Many people are effected by catastrophic floods that don’t have (and weren’t able to purchase) flood insurance. It’s an unfortunate thing you hardly ever hear about unless you know someone who has been effected by this disastrous loophole.

  • Jason Bruno
    Jason Bruno

    If anyone who follows this channel is still interested in what is or has happened in regards to these two dam failures and the towns impacted, check out (Jordan Mowbray’s) channel, he has been doing weekly updates on what is going on in the area, getting people’s stories on what happened, and links to how you can donate and help the people effected

  • Justin Gow
    Justin Gow

    What does the tittawassee River look like right now where it meets wixom lake? We were planning on buying a lake house there in January or so but not looking like a good idea now.. curious if it was bone dry or what

  • David Atkins
    David Atkins

    What we have is a poorly designed set of dams and spillways where no regard to floodwaters was taken into account; sure they said they had but history has shown those individuals who said the dams / spillways were safe failed, that's where the real failure began, they failed the "People", gut saying you have to have your own flood insurance policy to be protected does not have a clue. Typical political jargon (BS) to the real facts....God Help Us All...

  • Joe Wood
    Joe Wood

    This is happening because you live in a false environment.......... you are trying to manipulate your environment so you don't have to control your population level............ if you brought your numbers down to an acceptable level and kept them there, there would be no need for dams there will be no need to genetically engineer your food......... there be no need for intensive farming............ there be no need for fish farms there be no need for super trawlers overfishing your seas..........there will be no need to embrace nuclear power of fracking .............there be no need to destroy your natural environment building the endless homes for the endless number of people............. it seems the human race doesn't understand when it lives does it.......... because the way it is behaving the policies it has embraced shows you read things it leaves in an endless space when you can endlessly multiply into it. everything the human race embraces is so it doesn't have to control its population so it can keep on embracing this ridiculous suicidal system of economic growth................. so what you are witnessing is it all coming apart...........but even now you are still living in denial. there is a simple law of physics which you practice every single day of your life that tells you......... you cannot have endless growth in a space that is not endless....... if you try tthen you will suffer the consequences of that stupidity................ that brainless belief that you can have endless growth in people on a planet and that's what's happening do you is you are reaping what you have sown....... but even now you are that stupid you can't even deal with the truth.............. this is because you can't even talk about the subject depopulation.

  • Bulldog Bill
    Bulldog Bill

    This is a link to the first of 5 Videos taken by Michagan Drone services Showing the progressive failure of The Sanford Dam. At the time he only had an FPV drone with him with a fixed camera angle so the videos are best viewed at half speed but do show how the dam just could not take the surging water once the Edenville Dam collapsed suddenly. It is fortunate that it held on for so long because the devestation would have been even greater for the Folks downstream if it had suddenly collapsed! vn-my.com/watchvideo/video-zl-QM28A5aQ.html The Smallwood lake Dam did not fail however the emergency spillway was in full flow when the other dams failed as this video by Storyful Rights Management shows vn-my.com/watchvideo/video-rLuZuUwCyRA.html

  • Mike Sabbe
    Mike Sabbe

    You all have to ask the dutch here ,for EVERYTHING with water :)

  • teamidris

    The lower dam had a proper concrete spillway, but it was a spillway for Flood water, not for the dam above failing. Which in itself is a fascinating fact that ought to be considered in late dam builds. Recent footage shows the concrete spillway slabs are huge and that they were moved whole by the huge water flow.

  • Michael Bell
    Michael Bell

    I didn't know. Just happened to be scrolling for info on most dangerous dams. Thanks

  • chung O
    chung O


  • Nibir - The True Narrative
    Nibir - The True Narrative

    Titta Baba Ji 🇮🇳

  • Frank E. Potts
    Frank E. Potts

    2020 what a year. Trump's Infrastructure at it's best.

  • qopoy dnon
    qopoy dnon

    Seriously....most excellent coverage, explanation, visuals concerning this unfortunate situation 👍

    • qopoy dnon
      qopoy dnon

      Earth...500 year flood levels, sounds like the mud floods dont it....

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou

    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 kiou
      asioe kiou

      Ahhhh damn it!!🤦🏻‍♂️

  • garrisonaw

    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.

  • Gabe PL
    Gabe PL

    2020 is delivery all the apocalypse we need for real

  • When Death Declares War
    When Death Declares War

    Why earth filled?

  • Michael Duggan
    Michael Duggan

    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.

  • Squarehead Coughlin
    Squarehead Coughlin



    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.

  • Kasumi Kojiro
    Kasumi Kojiro

    Who the hell named this river ?

  • Matt Gembarowski
    Matt Gembarowski

    Isn't there a dam on Dow property also?

  • louis mason
    louis mason

    Best overview I’ve seen...good job

  • Miriam Rodriguez
    Miriam Rodriguez

    Why do people build homes next to dams sooner or later this would happen🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Andrew John
    Andrew John

    He knows dams, he knows airplanes. What the heck else does he know???

  • Paul Yano
    Paul Yano

    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.

    • blancolirio

      I need the whole story





  • bestamerica

    ' 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

  • Copper Aboriginies
    Copper Aboriginies

    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....

  • Daniel Gallegos
    Daniel Gallegos

    Ahhhh damn it!!🤦🏻‍♂️

  • sam watt
    sam watt

    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.

  • dcoog anml
    dcoog anml

    Seriously....most excellent coverage, explanation, visuals concerning this unfortunate situation 👍

    • dcoog anml
      dcoog anml

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

  • TheGhung Fu
    TheGhung Fu

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  • phillip krikorian
    phillip krikorian


  • 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

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