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New Midland flood plan would include a pump water system

Midland Flood image from City of Midland.jfif
Courtesy of the City of Midland
Historic flooding near downtown Midland in 2020.

New flood mitigation systems have been proposed for the City of Midland in response to historic flooding in 2020.

The plan identifies key stress points along the Tittabawassee River where creeks helped damage around 650 homes and businesses in 2020.

Tony Stamas is President of the Midland Business Alliance. He said the proposed flood protection walls, berms and flood gates will create a new system of keeping flood water moving.

"The concept is, can you keep the water, you know, bring the water through from those tributaries to the river quicker on the first end, and the second not allow the water to be pushed back," said Stamas.

Stamas added that pump systems will need to be installed to help keep the water flowing. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is currently studying how the system could be implemented.

"Part of the idea is to integrate it into, you know, the physical landscape that's already there. So it's, you know, kind of has a minimal impact, and, you know, and work with the resources that we already have in place," said Stamas.

Stamas says securing funding for the project will be an obstacle, but he says a number of state and federal partners are backing the proposal.

Rick joined WCMU as a general assignment reporter in March 2022.