Higher Ground

by Anthony P. O'Malley, P.E., Principal; Larkin Associate Consulting Engrs., Kansas City, MO,
Coby C. Crowl, Engr.; Larkin Assoc. Consulting Engrs., Kansas City, MO,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 9, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


Thirty floods over the course of a century, capped by three major floods in 1993, finally convinced residents of Pattonsburg, Mo., that it was time to move the entire town to higher ground. Armed with a $12.5 million flood-relief budget, the community planned an orderly exodus to a new site at the elevation 140 ft above the old town. The town government first planned out infrastructure for the new Pattonsburg. With input from residents, the town government mapped out the new site, created a street plan similar to the old one but with several improvements, and held a lottery to assign housing plots to residents. The town built a new bridge to accommodate the relocation of salvageable houses from the old site, but was able to use the existing water and wastewater treatment plants for the new town.

Subject Headings: Floods | Local government | Water treatment plants | Wastewater treatment plants | Budgets | Infrastructure | Mapping | Streets

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