Outman comments on committee testimony on dam failures

LANSING, Mich. — A joint hearing of the Senate’s Environmental Quality and Energy and Technology committees heard testimony Wednesday morning by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Director Liesl Clark regarding the recent failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams in mid-Michigan.

After listening to Clark’s testimony, Environmental Quality Committee Chairman Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement:

“Last month, the breach of the Edenville Dam, subsequent failure of the Sanford Dam and the extreme flooding that resulted from both, brought destruction and misery to the communities of Edenville, Sanford, Midland, Saginaw and surrounding areas.

“Many people have lost their homes and livelihoods to this disaster. We must understand what led to the tragic events of May 19.

“Today’s joint committee looking into this disaster was only the first of more such hearings to come.

“I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Clark and others as we work to find out what happened and what we need to do going forward.”

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