This website was developed in the summer and fall of 2016 as part of a collaborative project to collect and preserve stories from Michigan’s Great Flood of 1986. The 30th anniversary of this devastating and deadly storm serves as an opportunity to document the storm’s impacts for future generations. It also reminds us of the importance of preparing for extreme storm events at both the individual and community level. By adopting sound storm preparedness practices we can learn from the example of 1986 and take action to reduce the damages from future extreme storm events.
Photos and stories are archived with the Bay County Historical Society at
321 Washington Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
A small selection of high-resolution photos are available here for use in news stories about this project, the archive and the flood and flood preparedness. Please be sure to credit photos courtesy of the Bay County Historical Society.
For questions about the project and interactive map contact email@example.com, or
Sea Grant Extension Educator, Saginaw Bay
Michigan Sea Grant
(989) 895-4026 Ext. 6
Extension Program Communications Manager
Michigan Sea Grant
This project was developed as a collaborative of Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters, the Bay County Historical Society, and the Bay County Emergency Management Division.
Kristen Mapes, Project Manager
Brandon Locke, Technology and Media Manager
Tylor Hoesktra, Lead Developer
Danielle Gerlach, Content Developer & Sea Grant Intern
Lauren Utykanski, Developer & Event Support
Support for this project was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Storms Program. The NOAA Coastal Storms Program seeks to reduce the loss of life and negative impacts of coastal storms. This national effort incorporates local knowledge and expertise by focusing on a particular region of the country for three to five years, partnering with organizations from diverse sectors during that time.
This website was developed under awards NA14OAR4170285 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.