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April 30, 2013

Disaster dollars: How Clinton has prepared

Officials have estimated that the Clinton dike has saved the city nearly $46 million in prevented damages.

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This is a view of the river front dike, looking south from Sixth Avenue North, in Clinton on April 28, 1965, the day marking the crest of the Great Flood of 1965. 

The day that crest was reached, at least 850 Clinton homes were surrounded by water and 36 businesses and 16 industrial plants were out of operation.

More than 50 square blocks of the Clinton north-end area were inundated and about 1,000 residents had been driven from their homes. In the south end of the city, more than 25 blocks were flooded.

In the end, estimates put the damage at $5.5 million. The flood led the Clinton City Council to request funding for a levee project.
 

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This is a photo of the construction of what would later become Riverview Drive, which runs atop the levee built along the Mississippi River in Clinton.

Construction of the flood control project began in 1974 under the Flood Control Act of 1965, and was completed in 1981.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for the construction of the Clinton levee system, with the city serving as a cost-share partner, financing roughly 25 percent of the total $26.4 million price tag.

Officials have estimated that the dike has saved the city nearly $46 million in prevented damages.

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Clinton’s Riverview Drive today.






 

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