Public should be aware of an emergency exercise happening in Traverse City area

Published May 22, 2017

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, alerts the Traverse City community about an emergency response exercise taking place soon in the Boardman River area in Traverse City, Michigan.

An Emergency Response Drill for the Boardman Dam Removal and River Restoration project will be conducted this week at the Boardman and Sabin Dams. Michels, Corporation, the Corps’ contractor for the Boardman Dam removal, will lead the emergency drill with participation from the Corps and local first responders.

What:             Emergency Response Drill

When:            Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Where:           At the Boardman and Sabin dams

Time:             10:00 a.m.

Who:              Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor, Michels Corporation, will work in conjunction with response teams from the Grand Traverse County Emergency Management Office, the Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority and the Grand Traverse County Central Dispatch / 911.  


As a requirement of the current dam removal contract, Michels Corporation is responsible for understanding and being prepared to follow and fully implement the "Emergency Action Plan for Boardman Dam", dated November 2016, in the event of an uncontrolled release through the dam.  This event meets their requirement to perform at least one emergency response drill in cooperation with the County Emergency Management Coordinator. 

The public should be aware that emergency vehicles will be dispatched to locations at both Boardman and Sabin dams for the emergency drill, the drill will last approximately 45 minutes and is expected to have minimal impact on traffic in the areas of Boardman and Sabin Dams on Cass Road or the normal operations of the Boardman River Nature Center.


Lynn Rose
313-300-0662 (cell)

Release no. 17-008