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April 9, 2019

For some river towns, flood protection is too costly

  • Hamburg, Iowa officials tried for years to fund a levee damaged in a 2011 flood. The money never came, and when massive flooding arrived again in March, the town was swamped.
    Associated Press

    CLARKSVILLE, Mo. — The window of the Bee Naturals bath-and-body shop offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points lapping against a small-town Missouri waterfront as barges float by and eagles dart in the air above.

    But with a major flood receding and predictions of potentially even worse flooding to come later in the spring, owner Barbara Chappuis is moving her business, abandoning the Clarksville riverfront for higher ground across Highway 79.

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