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Dow Chemical provides statement, updates on flood

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Dow Corporate Headquarters in Midland.

Dow Chemical confirmed flood waters have reached the plant’s on-site containment ponds, on Wednesday May 20.

"The material from the pond commingling with the flood waters does not create any threat to residents or environmental damage," the company wrote on Facebook. 

Their headquarters in Midland has activated its local emergency operations center. A flood preparedness plan is being implemented. 

Updates can be found on Dow's Great Lakes Bay Region Facebook page.

"UPDATE 2 - Wednesday, May 20, 4:23pm:

In response to questions related to flood waters commingling with on-site containment ponds, we are sharing further information. At approximately 10:00 a.m. Eastern it was confirmed there were flood waters commingling with an on-site pond used for storm water and brine system/groundwater remediation. The material from the pond commingling with the flood waters does not create any threat to residents or environmental damage. There has been no reported product releases. Only essential staff are onsite to monitor and manage the situation with no reported employee injuries. Dow continues to engage with its site tenants and Midland County officials and take immediate action to ensure the safety and security of our employees, community and the environment."

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was asked about the plant's status during a press conference on May 20. She said Dow Chemical’s plan is currently working, no damage has been reported.