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Some 1,800 people evacuated near Marquette, Mich. after bursting dams sent them packing might return home as early as Friday afternoon, according to responders there.

BY SUSAN KIM | MARQUETTE, Mich. | May 16, 2003

Some 1,800 people evacuated near Marquette, Mich. after bursting dams sent them packing might return home as early as Friday afternoon, according to responders there.

After two dams failed, sending water from the Dead River rushing toward the city, people fled their homes.

The first earthen dike disintegrated Wednesday afternoon, then two more dams on the Dead River failed. But two other dams were still holding Friday afternoon, and it looked as if the community would avoid massive flooding.

The evacuation could be partially lifted by 1 p.m. Friday.

There were no reports of flooded homes as of Friday afternoon, but local officials were reporting damage to some residential and public property.

In addition, the oil, coal, trees, logs, railroad ties and other debris dumped into Lake Superior where the deluge emptied could be considered an environmental disaster, said Capt. Shelley McClintock of The Salvation Army in Marquette.

The Salvation Army was providing funds for some evacuees to stay in hotels, said McClintock. Salvation Army crews were also providing meals for emergency workers.

"A lot of police academy men and women are standing guard at roadblocks to keep people from endangering themselves by trying to get to their houses," said McClintock.

Though major damage in Marquette itself was avoided, responders are not sure the same is true for homes in the woods or along the Dead River or Lake Superior, she said.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared a state of emergency in Marquette as authorities ordered evacuation of a 485-acre area on the city's north side.

While some residents will return home Friday, others were stranded until a makeshift bridge could be built to access Presque Isle.

Even though one of the ruptured dams generates power for Marquette, power was not interrupted.

The American Red Cross set up shelters for evacuees.

Church World Service regional representatives were also monitoring the situation.


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