Michigan dam had repeated safety violations before flooding
Michigan State officers return as the Tittabawassee River overflows, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Posted at 6:28 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated2020-05-21 06:28:58-04
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A hydroelectric dam that failed to hold back floodwaters this week in Michigan was the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators.
The government revoked the Edenville dam's license over safety violations two years before the flooding that forced 10,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Boyce Hydro Power’s history of violations lasted throughout the 14 years the company was authorized to run the nearly century-old dam.
That's according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It repeatedly raised concerns about the dam’s spillway capacity.
The dam is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Detroit.
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