Heavy rain drenched the Great Lakes region Thursday, unleashing floods that washed out Michigan and Wisconsin roads, cut power to thousands of families and forced residents to flee their homes.
More than a foot of rain fell in Western Michigan, sending eight feet of water gushing through Reed City streets and forcing authorities to evacuate residents by boat, the National Weather Service said.
One dam weakened by the rain gave way Thursday, forcing evacuations hours after the National Guard was activated to buttress dams threatened by the storms.
Hart Dam, five miles upriver from Pentwater, "just gave way," Oceana County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Fox said. He said residents still in the community were warned to leave.