Crews shoring up Blackhawk Dam near Coldwater

Southwest Michigan

COLDWATER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Crews worked Sunday to fill in parts of the Blackhawk Dam and prevent flooding along the Coldwater River.

The Daily Reporter out of Coldwater reports the earthen sides of dam, which is near Blackhawk and North Behnke roads in Coldwater Township, started washing out after heavy rain Friday. County officials brought in an excavator to dump more dirt beside the dam.

In a Monday news release, The Branch County Emergency Management Department said the situation was improving, but more materials and additional repairs to the dam would be necessary.

Emergency officials and Coldwater police warned people downstream to prepare for the possibility of flooding, which could be significant as far away as the Pilot Knob area.

The National Weather Service’s Flood Watch for the Coldwater River and Pilot Know area remained in effect Monday, although county emergency officials said the risk for significant flooding was reduced. 

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