Our thoughts are with the staff of the Midland (Michigan) Daily News as Midland County continues to deal with the aftermath of record flooding of the Tittabawassee River, following the failure of dams upstream on Tuesday. The county remained under a flood warning last night.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a state of emergency for Midland County, calling the damage "devastating." Whitmer said, "This is being called a '500-year event.'"
The staff of the Midland Daily News has all been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and Michigan's stay-home orders.
As of Wednesday evening, Kate Hessling, editor, said it appeared that the paper's downtown office had not been affected. She said it is uncertain, though, when power will be restored to the entire downtown area.
"We have been working with other editors and Hearst Michigan reporters to get the latest information, and our staff has turned out more content in the past 36 hours than in the past week. We even created a web page www.ourmidland.com/flood to include all the articles and slideshow galleries we have posted since the flooding began."
Another great example of the essential nature of the work that newspapers do.