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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
    Jun 2003
    De Noc

    Bulldozers set to raze tiny iowa town

    Headline and Article from the AP Wire:

    ELKPORT, Iowa -- Within days, tiny Elkport will be wiped off the map.

    It's rare that a 150-year-old community disappears, but the heavy rains that caused Elk Creek to swell and breach its dike in May 2004 .....
    ....has been deserted ever since.

    Though the federal buyout was voluntary, residents and government officials agreed it was the only cost effective choice. Restoration estimates were steep considering the extent of water damage, and cost and practicality ruled out the option of elevating homes.

    Elkport is not the first Iowa town to be washed off the map. A federal buyout program led to the demise of Littleport after the Volga River flooded in 1999. And in the early 1990s, portions of the central Iowa town of Chelsea were redrawn after the Iowa River spilled over its banks.
    For students looking for paper topic ?
    Does anybody have stories/examples as how you funded a buyout program ? and received CRS credit ?

    Local Indiana example is the Town of English - bought out and relocated.
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)

    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Cyburbian cch's avatar
    Mar 2006
    Machesney Park, IL
    I was just reading this story. Some people (specifically developers) need to be taught that this is why you don't build in a floodplain.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    Quote Originally posted by cch View post
    I was just reading this story. Some people (specifically developers) need to be taught that this is why you don't build in a floodplain.
    It really is not that simple. Towns were built along rivers for many reasons, including their value as a means of shipping. It is still an economic necessity for many communities. In other cases, you may have issues with damns, either constructed for reservoirs or for energy production. Estes Park was heavily damaged in a flood several years back, when a dam in Rocky Mountain National Park failed. Boulder, which some people think of as a well-planned community, is the highest-risk in Colorado. The dam at the head of Boulder Creek would be an outstanding terrorist target.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    A better lesson would be to not live in .......Port, Iowa
    Who's gonna re-invent the wheel today?

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Packing to move out of the icebox.
    Something similar happened to Ishpeming Michigan in the early 1900ís. But the mining company had to do the buyout because the mines caused sinkholes.
    The entire town was relocated just a few miles and the unsafe area was fenced off.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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