In Delta College Public Media’s 2020 documentary, BREACHED! The Tittabawassee River Disaster, producers Ron Beacom and Bob Przybylski explored the immediate aftermath of the May 2020 flood and told the stories of people impacted by the disaster. One year later, see where they are now.
BREACHED!! The Tittabawassee River Disaster, Pt. 2: The Recovery looks at efforts to pick up the pieces, to help people recover both emotionally and physically, and for the community to move forward.
Below is an excerpt from an article in the Detroit News written by Beth LeBlanc. Subscribers to The Detroit News may read the full article.
"... The task force, whose
authority is rooted in state law and a state court order, has stressed its
transparency and accountability to the people of Midland and Gladwin
counties. The group also is essentially the last one left to carry
federal government was unable to force the private owner to stabilize the dams.
The state made little progress in bringing the dams into compliance before
one collapsed last year. And the counties didn't have the capacity to purchase,
stabilize, operate and maintain the dams.
just like to know the alternative if it wasn’t us doing it,' said Dave Kepler,
chairman for the Four Lakes Task Force. 'You have a natural resource that was
damaged, and it has to be fixed, and you can’t just leave infrastructure in the
middle of all this. This is not a ‘walk away from it’ kind of scenario.'
in Midland and Gladwin counties say the task force has been invaluable in
navigating the task ahead. Without the group, the time frame for getting
the dams back in working order would be two to three times longer, said Mark
Bone, chairman of the Midland County Board of Commissioners who represents the
county on the task force board.
Four Lakes Task Force could have said, 'This is way too much, we’re out,'one said. 'I honestly wondered if that would happen. They could
have easily gone home, but they didn’t. They stayed put to see