Michigan Pilot Captures Video of Dam Destruction After Collapse

Dramatic footage has emerged showing water gushing from a lake after a dam burst in Michigan on Tuesday.

The video, captured by Midland pilot Ryan Kaleto, shows the destruction after the Edenville Dam on the Tittabawassee River was breached following days of heavy rainfall.

"Wixom Lake will be gone by tomorrow. So devastating," Kaleto wrote in the caption of the video posted to Facebook.

Speaking to Newsweek, Kaleto said: "We kept getting alerts about a breach, and I wanted to see how severe it actually was. No one truly understood the severity because no one could see it."

Residents in Midland County have been told to prepare for a record breaking amount of flooding after the Sanford Dam was also breached.

The National Weather Service warned the Tittabawassee River could reach up to 38 feet on Wednesday, more than four feet higher than the previous record and 10 feet above what is categorized as a major flood.

A flash flood alert has also been issued by the NWS for locations downstream of the Sanford Dam after it was breached.

"If you are in low lying areas below the Sanford Dam you should move to higher ground immediately. Follow evacuation instructions provided by your local emergency officials," the alert says. "Do not attempt to drive across flooded roadways.

"Move to higher ground now! This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order."

Wixom Lake will be gone by tomorrow. So devastating 😢😢 #WixomLake #EdenvilleDam

Posted by Ryan Kaleto on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tens of thousands of people in Edenville, Sanford, and parts of the city of Midland are being evacuated as a result of both dams being breached.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned that part of Midland could see an unprecedented amount of flooding.

"In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water," she told a press conference. "We are anticipating an historic high water level."

Whitmer also urged anyone who has not yet evacuated to seek shelter either at one of the dedicated centers or at the home of a friend or family member.

Any emergency order issued in response to the COVID-19 crisis has been temporarily suspended to allow people to follow the state of emergency declaration, although people are still urged to cover their faces and observe social distancing rules where possible.

Michigan congressman John Moolenaar also urged residents to "pull together in challenging times" to make it through the devastation.

"Right now, the most important priority is staying safe, and I urge everyone to follow the advice of emergency responders who are protecting our community," Moolenaar said in a statement.

"I have been working with state and local officials throughout the day, and tonight I opened communication with FEMA as we prepare to assess the need for future assistance."

The Edenville Dam on the Tittabawassee River was breached following days of heavy rainfall in Michigan. Ryan Kaleto