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Has anyone heard of flood damage to Alden Dow's work?
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The Alden Dow Home and Studio survived with minimal damage because it sits high enough above the Tittabawassee River. The level of the pond by the conference room is part of a separate water system, with the water level controlled by a small dam just below the house. This system was affected by the rain, but not the flood. Elsewhere, on Valley Drive where there are five Alden Dow houses, Leland Doan, Ted Doan, Schuette, Reicker, and Blackhurst, as well as ten other MCM houses, was completely flooded. This street had also been flooded in the 2017 flood, as well as the 1986 flood (all three of these floods were called 500 year floods at the time of their occurrence, but the present one was the worst because of a dam failure), so the homeowners are growing somewhat tired this. We think that the Eugene Masselink mural in the Leland Doan house survived because it sits about four feet above the floor level. I believe that most of the other fifty-plus ABD houses in Midland survived, though I don't know this for a fact.
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Initial reports on the dams mentioned only overtopping, not failure---but other media sources soon referred, and consistently, to "collapse." This seems to be a common occurrence. Did either of the dams actually fail ? Was it a matter of defective spillways ?