On May 16, 2020, a storm system began moving through Michigan, bringing six to eight inches of rain over a 48-hour period. On May 19, as a result of the heavy rainfall, the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam were breached, resulting in a 100-year flood event that forced more than 10,000 Midland County residents to evacuate their homes.
On May 19, Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in Midland County, later expanding the State of Emergency to Arenac, Gladwin, and Saginaw Counties. On May 21, FEMA granted Governor Whitmer’s request for a Federal Emergency Declaration to aid in Midland flood response efforts.
As the entire Great Lakes Bay Region works to stay #MidlandStrong, we’re shining a light on some of the incredible ways our communities have come together to support the Midland flood relief efforts.
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Red Cross Announces Emergency Financial Assistance Program
The American Red Cross continues to serve those affected by the statewide flooding and dam breaks. Red Cross is prepared to provide financial assistance to support emergency needs to households that were destroyed or sustained major damage. Between June 1 - June 22, head of households may contact the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS to speak to a dedicated call agent to complete an application for financial assistance.
Community Support & Midland Flood Relief Efforts
United Way heads volunteering, donations during flooding
United Way of Midland County is spearheading local volunteer efforts during this historic flooding event.
Red Cross Helping Dam Failure Evacuees in Midland
The Red Cross is on the ground, helping evacuees after the dam failures in Michigan. There are currently more than 130 disaster workers responding, but in this new environment about 50 percent of them are helping virtually. The Red Cross is also coordinating with our partners and emergency managers to temporarily shelter displaced people in non-congregate shelters such as hotel rooms as quickly as possible. To date, we have provided over 1,600 hotel stays and over 200 overnight shelter stays, along with serving more than 5,100 meals and snacks with partners.
Red Cross Announces Emergency Financial Assistance Program Following Michigan Spring Flooding
The American Red Cross continues to serve those affected by the statewide flooding and dam breaks. Red Cross is prepared to provide financial assistance to support emergency needs to households that were destroyed or sustained major damage. Beginning Monday, June 1, head of households may contact the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS to speak to a dedicated call agent to complete an application for financial assistance.
Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Flooding in Central Michigan
Samaritan’s Purse has staff on the ground in Midland, Michigan, where heavy rains and the failure of two dams caused a 500-year flood event in the central part of the state.
The Salvation Army responds to devastating floods in Mid-Michigan
The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is aiding individuals and families in Midland County due to the catastrophic flooding caused by the Edenville and Sanford dam failures.
More than 800 volunteers visit Midland to help flood victims despite pandemic
Instead of gathering with loved ones this Memorial Day weekend, more than 800 volunteers traveled to Midland to take part in a massive cleanup effort.
Midland sees outpouring of volunteers days after flood
This year's Memorial Day will be one to remember, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers who are helping those in Midland affected by last week's flooding. The parking lot at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was set up to receive volunteers and provide supplies to those in need. Since Saturday, they have seen about 2,500 volunteers come through to clear over 215 homes.
Giving spirit shows up during Midland flood
Community shows up for 500 in emergency shelters
Midland High shelter flooded with services, supplies
Since Wednesday, organizers have seen donations of food, clothing, personal care items and much more steadily flow through its doors.
‘Feeding Midland County’ to serve up 4,000 meals
Gratzi, Big E’s Sports Grill and Molasses Smokehouse will be preparing over 4,000 meals for local residents and frontline workers responding to area flood devastation. It’s part of the “Feeding Midland County” initiative announced Friday by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) to feed frontline workers and residents in the Midland area impacted by severe flooding.
Flood of Love aims to flood community with immediate and long-term support
A coordinated local church initiative to meet the immediate and long-term needs of our neighbors in Midland, Sanford, and Gladwin, MI.
Local representative to lead volunteer teams in flood relief efforts
Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, is forming the “Hero Helpers,” a group of volunteers who will spend the coming days and weeks working to provide relief to flood-affected residents of the Midland area.
Michigan National Guard saves 80,000 items from library
Thanks to the efforts of the Michigan National Guard, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has saved the majority of its collection that was housed in the lower level.
Delhi Township Fire Chief helps with flood relief in Midland
Chief Ball and other members of the team went door-to-door, helping people get out of their flooded homes and find shelter.
Museums Helping Museums
Staff from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum assisted the Doan History Center and Heritage Park with transporting over 50 boxes of the Midland County Historical Society’s archives to a freezer provided by Saginaw Valley State University. The freezer will help preserve the wet artifacts until they can be properly dried.
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Provides Activity Kits for Children Affected by Floods
Museum Collections Manager, Geoffe Haney, dropped off 250 museum coloring books and crayons to be included with emergency supplies distributed to shelters in Sanford, Michigan and Midland, Michigan.
Local Companies & Foundations Donating to Midland Flood Relief
Dow Announces $1 Million in Disaster Relief Funding for Flood Recovery
In response to the widespread devastation caused by extensive rain and dam failure impacting its global headquarters community, Dow (NYSE: DOW) and the Dow Company Foundation announced today $1 million of financial support for immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts associated with the flooding and its aftermath.
To help address the needs, Dow will donate:
- $250,000 towards a new Dow Employee Assistance Fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation to help Dow employees who have suffered an emergency hardship as a direct effect from the flooding.
- $250,000 to the United Way of Midland County’s Rise Together Fund, providing hope and resources for thousands of families in need throughout Midland County who have been impacted by recent events. These funds will be graciously matched by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, doubling the support available to the community.
- $500,000 for allocation as needs surface throughout the recovery and rebuilding phase.
$1 million awarded to United Way of Midland County's Rise Together Fund
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is honored to work along its corporate and community partners to support the important work being led by the United Way of Midland County. The Foundation has announced two grants to United Way of Midland County to serve the residents of Midland County.
- $500,000 as an outright grant to support coronavirus pandemic recovery
- $500,000 as a matching grant to support flooding crisis recovery
- The Foundation will provide a dollar for dollar match for the first $500,000 donated to the flooding crisis recovery
Gerstacker Foundation announces $750,000 funding for Midland Area Flood Relief
The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation announced a $750,000 commitment for disaster relief to help families, homeowners and small businesses recover and rebuild from the recent flooding and dam breaches which have swamped mid-Michigan.
The Gerstacker Foundation Flood Relief Commitment is as follows:
- $200,000 to the United Way of Midland County’s Rise Together Fund to help families in need throughout the Midland area suffering from the disastrous flooding.
- $200,000 to the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund which will assist in providing disaster assistance to families and local organizations in Midland and the surrounding area.
- $350,000 to be allocated for additional assistance during the recovery and rebuilding of Midland and surrounding communities.
This $750,000 grant coupled with the Gerstacker Foundation’s previous grant of $100,000 to ease economic hardship of the COVID-19 health crisis, totals $850,000 in financial assistance to the Midland area in recent weeks.
Huntington Bank commits $150,000 toward Midland flood relief
Huntington Bancorp Inc. is committing $150,000 through its Huntington Foundation to community organizations in the Bay Region after catastrophic flooding hit Midland following a dam failure, the bank said Friday. The donation is intended to offer help with basic needs such as food and shelter as the region recovers from the disaster Wednesday. The bank also outlined a Disaster Relief Home Loan program for home owners who need money to make repairs, along with other measures intended to help its customers.
DuPont commits $100,000 to Midland flood relief
DuPont on Friday committed $100,000 to support the Midland community in its relief and recovery efforts associated with the recent historic flooding. The donation will be split evenly between the Midland Flood Relief Fund and Rise Together Fund.
Molina Healthcare donates $100,000 to United Way of Midland County for flood relief efforts
Molina Healthcare of Michigan is responding to the catastrophic flooding in mid-Michigan with a $100,000 donation to the United Way of Midland County.
Consumers Energy Foundation provides $90,000 in grants for flooded mid-Michigan
The Consumers Energy Foundation today announced nearly $90,000 in grants to assist emergency relief efforts in Midland, Saginaw and Gladwin counties, where this week’s record flooding has created widespread property damage and displaced thousands of people.
The Foundation donations include:
- American Red Cross Michigan Region Disaster Services - $25,000
- United Way of Midland County - $25,000
- United Way of Saginaw County - $25,000
- Gladwin County Community Foundation - $5,000
- Eight emergency shelters in the region - $1,000 each
Nexteer Automotive collects donations for families affected by flooding
Nexteer Saginaw teamed up with the United Way of Saginaw County & UAW local 699 to collect donations for families affected by the record-breaking flood in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region. Thank you to everyone who donated to those in need!
Local, State & Federal Midland Flood Relief Efforts
FEMA in photos: In Midland, supporting Michigan’s flood response
After significant flooding in Michigan this past week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was activated and — with the full force of the federal government — continues to support response efforts to disaster conditions in east-central parts of the state.
Michigan National Guard responds to Midland floods
Michigan National Guard units from Bay City, Saginaw, Port Huron and other nearby communities have responded to a request for assistance following massive flooding in the Midland area resulting from the breach of the Edenville and Sanford Dams.
Michigan National Guard aids residents impacted by Midland flooding while continuing COVID-19 response
Nearly 1,000 guard members aid evacuating residents following massive flooding in the Midland area resulting from the breach of the Edenville and Sanford Dams.
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