Mid-Michigan's emergency disaster area from last week's flooding got bigger Wednesday, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer adding Iosco County to Saginaw, Midland, Gladwin and Arenac counties.
Days of rainfall, followed by the failure of both the Edenville and Sanford dams, led to the evacuation of 10,000 Michiganders and the destruction of homes, roadways and bridges.
However, north of there, in Iosco County, residents said heavy rainfall alone — 8 inches or more — overflowed rivers, streams and lakes, causing flooding they had not seen in their lifetimes. .."I've been in the fire service for 36 years, and chief for 15, and this is the worst flooding situation I've seen in my career — by far," said Steve Masich, Tawas City's fire chief. "It's not as bad as Midland, but bad for our area."
Fortunately, he said, his fire station, and home, were spared.