Stop log failure alters water levels at White Cloud Dam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 27, 2021
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278 

Repairs expected in coming days 

The City of White Cloud is working to repair failed stop logs at a city-owned dam that resulted in significant changes in water levels both in a pond upstream of the dam, and the river flowing downstream. Michigan EGLE received reports of the problem Tuesday morning.

Local officials report the dam is stable, and expect to replace the failed stop logs within days. The stop logs hold back water in the dam. County emergency management officials and EGLE Dam Safety Unit staff are at the scene this morning.

The White Cloud Dam is rated as a high-hazard dam. Its most recent state inspection in 2019 rated it in fair condition.

 It was built in 1872, rebuilt in 1920 after it was destroyed by flooding, and reconstructed in 1990.

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