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The town that flood-proofed itself

Flooding has long been a part of life in Ottawa, Illinois. Image: Photo © Laura Gersony / Circle of Blue

Laura Gersony

Intern, Circle of Blue

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Dean Anderson remembers selling his home as one of the hardest decision he ever made. Image: Photo © Laura Gersony / Circle of Blue
The city bought vulnerable riverside properties as part of the Flats buyout program. Image: Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

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Mathew Stafford, the city’s floodplain manager, stands in front of a sign displaying the record flood in 2013. Image: Photo © Laura Gersony / Circle of Blue
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Historic flooding that devastated the Flats neighborhood in 1982. Image: Photo courtesy of Dean Anderson.

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