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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - More than 1,700 people were order to evacuate their homes Thursday after heavy rain overwhelmed a dam in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, sending rising water down a river toward this college town on the shore of Lake Superior.

The breach was in a dam on Silver Lake, about 20 miles northeast of Marquette, but it sent water overflow into the Dead River.

The rushing water carried debris that backed up beneath a bridge, causing flooding to spread toward Marquette, a city of about 20,000.

At least 1,752 people were ordered to evacuate their homes shortly before 9 a.m. as a precaution, said Steve Powers, Marquette County administrator.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Joe O'Hagan said the cause of the break was being investigated.

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