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High Water Level Summit Held

Feb 14, 2020

State, federal, and local officials came together at the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit to find ways to work collaboratively and share resources to tackle the challenge of the state’s near-record high water levels. The participants agreed to form an ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team, which will collaborate to:

    • Identify available assets that can be marshalled in response to high water incidents.
    • Coordinate communications across agencies and levels of government to ensure residents receive information in a timely, accurate, and consistent fashion.

During the summit, participants reviewed the latest National Weather Service forecasts and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water level predictions; discussed ongoing and potential impacts from flooding, erosion, and high water tables; and inventoried government authorities and resources available for incidence response. Additionally, town hall meetings are to be scheduled across the state in the spring to inform residents about the impacts of high-water levels and the state government’s response.

Michigan’s water levels are at their highest in more than two decades. If levels rise an additional 12 inches or more this spring, as models predict, Spring 2020 levels could break 120-year historic records. Throughout Michigan, these exceptionally high water levels have caused millions of dollars in damage to private property and public infrastructure, including roads and state parks. Water levels are also impacting community water systems and causing other public health concerns.

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