Jun 24, 2017

Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy: Emergency Declared in Two Michigan Counties

Isabella County, MI
Midland County, MI
USA
by
Sean Breslin and Pam Wright
,
The Weather Channel

The storm once known as Tropical Storm Cindy was downgraded to a remnant low Friday evening, but millions in the path of the system's heavy rain still face the risk of life-threatening floods.

As far north as Michigan, the torrential downpours damaged roads and left them impassable. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley declared a state of disaster in Isabella and Midland counties in central Michigan Friday after heavy rains led to what he called "extraordinary flooding and resulting damage," the Associated Press reports.

On Saturday, officials were bracing for record flooding along the Tittabawasee River in Midland County. 

"If you're from the Midland area, you remember the flood of '86," Selina Tisdale, community affairs coordinator for the city of Midland, told mlive.com. "This very easily could be one of the biggest overland flooding events of our community."

Earlier Friday, county officials had declared an emergency in Isabella County. No injuries were reported, but motorists were ordered off the roads, of which at least 90 were closed Friday, the report added.

"It's probably some of the worst we've experienced in years," Isabella County Road Commission manager Tony Casali told the AP.

Casali noted that damages from the flooding could reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.