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Residents concerned about dam failure

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A privately owned dam in Mid-Michigan failed and nearby residents are concerned about the risk of flooding in their neighborhoods.

They want to know who regulates the dam's condition and whether anything can be done to protect their property.

"My concern would be that it would contaminate our drinking water," said Lisa O'Connor.

 She is terrified that an overflowed dam near her home may have contaminated her drinking water. Leon Graham doesn't think that drinking water is in danger but he does think this is a huge deal.

"It's going to affect a lot of people," he said. 

The dam along the Cass River in Caro has two flood gates, but one failed. These residents want to know why, so they reached out to TV5 to get some answers.

TV5 tried to reach the owners of the dam, but they did not answer.

The Department of Environmental Quality said there is no immediate threat posed from the failure of the dam. In the meantime these residents said although there may be no danger, many will be feeling the impact for quite some time.

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