Dow, Northwood, dealerships grapple with Michigan flood

Dow Inc. containment ponds have been flooded early Wednesday following two dams failed in Midland, Mich. Flood levels have been noted at historic highs in the area.

Dow’s flood preparedness program has been activated, the organization explained in a assertion. Dow is a essential provider to the vehicle market for various substances and plastics. It also manufactures adhesive bondings for autos and makes basic safety-enhanced airbag coatings.

It was much too early to ascertain no matter whether Dow’s troubles could direct to output disruptions for its automotive clients, who by now have been in disaster method as they restarted some North American output amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The substance from the pond commingling with the flood waters does not produce any danger to citizens or environmental damage,” Dow explained in an current assertion Wednesday. “There has been no noted merchandise releases.”

After days of significant rainfall led to the dam failures, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a condition of crisis late Tuesday for the town and county of Midland. The town 128 miles northwest of Detroit is house to the automotive provider, Northwood University and numerous vehicle dealerships.

Northwood University Automotive Promoting Section Chair Elgie Shiny explained to Automotive News that the campus has been evacuated but a disaster team will not be deployed till the condition of crisis is lifted.

The campus had been closed, with discovering transferring on the web March 18, since of coronavirus fears. Shiny explained that was a silver lining, with no flood accidents or fatalities at Northwood.

The damage at the college was unknown. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Northwood had a lot more than 3,000 students in the course of its Michigan places.

Garber Chevrolet, Feeny Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Midland Ford, Burt Watson Chevrolet and McDonald Ford explained to Automotive News they have been safe and sound from the h2o Wednesday morning but have been not out of the woods still.