Public Safety Department: French Landing Dam at high flow level; no danger of failing


The French Landing Dam and Powerhouse is in Van Buren Township and crosses the Huron River, creating Belleville Lake. (Photo/Dwight Burdette/

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published May 7, 2019 — 10:15 a.m. EST 

Due to the recent heavy rainfall, some residents in the township have voiced concern about the French Landing Dam in Van Buren Township.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety posted an update on their Facebook page Tuesday morning saying the dam is at a high flow alert level, but is not in danger of failing.

“Due to recent rain, the French Landing Dam is at the “High Flow” alert level. This means flooding is occurring on the river system but there is no apparent threat to the integrity of the dam. At this time, the dam is not in danger of failing,” the department said.

The dam crosses the Huron River in Van Buren Township and supports the existence of Belleville Lake.

“We will provide updates should the alert level be upgraded. All residences in the affected zone have been notified.”

According to the department, four homes in Huron Township have been specifically identified as homes that could be impacted by a failure at the dam.

“A protocol and emergency action plan is in place specifically for issues and emergencies relating to the French Landing Dam,” the department said May 2 in a statement.

“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.”


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