State of Michigan Press Release - July 30, 2012 - 1:39 pm EDT
Corunna Dam in mid-Michigan at risk of failing;
people should avoid area amid repairs
The state warned people Monday to avoid an area downstream of the
Corunna Dam on the Shiawassee River in mid-Michigan, saying the
structure is at risk of failing.
The state Department of Environmental Quality announced that it planned an
of water behind the dam, located east of Owosso
and about 30 miles
northeast of Lansing.
The department said inspections in recent months
the structure could fail suddenly.
planned, and people are asked to avoid the area until that time.
said its emergency order was issued last week.
calls for immediate drawdown of the impoundment behind the dam
an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of downstream
and natural resources resulting from a breach that has formed
in the dam's spillway,"
the department said in a statement.
The breach, as it expands, could lead to a sudden failure that would release water
and sediment downriver, the department said.
The emergency drawdown of water behind the dam was expected to start
A full drawdown of the water behind the dam is expected by Aug.
"The public is urged to maintain a safe distance from the
dam during this period,
avoiding the spillway structure and the
Shiawassee River channel downstream,"
the department said.