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Tempers Flare In Flooded City

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

A Floyd County community hit hard by flooding is ready to see a project to fix the city's problem finished.

Nearly every home and building in Martin was damaged by flood water this weekend. People there have dealt with at least four devastating floods since 1957.

A flood project by the Army Corps of Engineers began nine years ago to put city buildings and businesses on top of a hill, and raise the homes in town above the flood plain.

"Too many times. We've been through too many floods here. Our homes are going to crumble, they will not hold up to this," said Mayor Thomasine Robinson.

Construction on a new police station, city hall and maintenance building is supposed to begin on the site in September. Mayor Robinson says the flood project is supposed to be complete in 2010.


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