The Great Flood of 1986

Join us in making history as we collect and preserve stories and  images from one of the most devastating storms Michigan has ever seen.

1986 Flood
An aerial photo of a bridge over flood waters.

Learn the History

Learn more about the history of the Great Flood of 1986 and its long term impacts.

The Saginaw City Fire Department Rescue team on a boat.

Prepare for Future Floods

The 1986 storm was not the first of its kind and it won’t be the last. Learn about the steps you can take to prepare for future floods. 

A flooded agriculture field

Share Your Story

Did you live through the 1986 flood? Help preserve the history of this major event by submitting your stories and photos. 

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Featured Stories

1986 Flood in the News

1986 Flood in the News

During the project, Michigan media joined together to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Great 1986 Flood. The project appeared in these news sources...

A one year old girl in a raincoat.

Bailing Out the Basement

Our dog woke me up just before the water started coming in, and our household began bailing with buckets right...