Public safety director updates community on status of French Landing Dam in Van Buren Township

The French Landing Dam in Van Buren Township. Photo: Wikipedia

Published Thursday, May 2, 2019

A message from the Huron Township Director of Public Safety:

With the recent flooding over the past few days, there has been some understandable concern and questions about the French Landing Dam. For those that may not be aware, the French Landing Dam is on the east end of Belleville Lake and is connected to the Huron River. If there was ever an emergency at the dam, Huron Township could be affected. In fact, four homes have been specifically identified as homes that could be impacted by a failure of the dam.

A protocol and emergency action plan is in place specifically for issues and emergencies relating to the French Landing Dam.

According to the monitoring officials, the dam is currently flowing higher than normal and some flooding is occurring. However, there is no apparent threat to the integrity of the dam and per officials, the water levels appear to be decreasing. It is important to clarify that a High Flow warning does NOT mean that the dam is in danger of failing. Should the alert level be increased, proper notifications will occur.

If there is an emergency threat to the French Landing Dam, Huron Township Officers will respond directly to the affected homes to notify residents. We have very recently made contact at the affected residences and will once again make sure they are aware of the emergency action plan in an effort to make them feel safe and secure. I plan on talking to each of them directly today.

As always, I encourage residents to contact me directly with any questions and/or concerns. This can be either done in person, by email at, or by phone at 734-753-4400.

Everette Robbins, Director of Public Safety

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