Town under siege by river seeks buyout

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 3:07 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest round of flooding is spurring renewed talk of flood buyouts in some soggy communities.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest about 10 feet above flood stage Thursday at Dutchtown, Mo. The 100 or so residents in the southeast Missouri town have been seeking to have their homes bought out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

But FEMA says Dutchtown has yet to supply an adequate cost-to-benefit analysis.

FEMA says more than $2 billion has been spent since the devastating 1993 flood to purchase flood plain properties.

The Illinois River has crested in many communities in Illinois, but like the Mississippi, the decline to below flood stage will linger into May.

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