DETROIT – Satellite images — taken from space nearly a year apart from each other — show just how devastating the flood damage is in Midland County. The record flooding this week destroyed homes, cars, roads, bridges and other property; damaged the sewer system, and forced 10,000 people to evacuate the area along the river, leaving many homeless and without electricity. The natural-color images from Landsat 8, an American Earth observation satellite, depict the two mid-Michigan dams — Edenville and Sanford — that failed and the Tittabawassee River. The Tittabawassee River hit a historic high Wednesday morning, rising above its previous record in 1986, and reaching 34.6 feet. Major flood stage is 28 feet. A number of homes in Midland were damaged, but no injuries or fatalities were reported. A spokeswoman for Midland said Friday that residents were cleared to return home if they can safely do so. The dams are both owned by Boyce Hydro Power. News reports say that at one point, nearly 374,000 gallons — about half the volume of an […]