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Historic flooding creates issues for wells in Midland and Gladwin counties

Floodwaters nearly cover mailboxes on North Saginaw Street in Midland.
Floodwaters nearly cover mailboxes on North Saginaw Street in Midland.(WJRT)
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 5:38 PM EDT
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(06/17/2020) - Dozens of wells in Gladwin and Midland counties might be coming up dry following the historic flooding last month.

"Some of the wells around the lake might be an improperly constructed well that's been there for decades, either a shallow crock well or a driven well or something that may have been drawing it's source from the lake water," said Midland County Health Department officer, Fred Yanoski.

He said there is another concern when its comes to wells impacted by the floods.

"Anyone whose well may have been flooded during the flood event should absolutely have their water tested before they start consuming it," he said.

Yanoski said the health department has begun testing wells in Midland.

"We've done about a hundred water tests and I think we estimated that around 50 wells might have been implicated. So we like to think anyone who has the well implicated has an opportunity to test it," he said

Yanoksi said the health department is available for anyone who has trouble with their well water.

"We are happy to help homeowners evaluate and look at options at providing safe drinking water," he said.