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Marion Leaders Discuss Solutions to Reoccurring Flood Problems

MARION COUNTY (Jen French) -- After experiencing two major floods in three years, Marion County leaders met Wednesday to discuss how to keep their communities above water.
City leaders will have to decide what municipalities can afford. Options include elevating homes, getting rid of houses near the flood plain or building a low-level dam by the river. All options would cost thousands.

The US Corps of Engineers told citizens a flood plain study must be completed before a major, federally-funded project can be approved.

People affected by the flood can start applying for FEMA assistance this summer, but it could take months for the money to be approved.

Marion County has had 12 serious, 17 moderate and 8 minor floods since 1913. Some people in the area have blamed a dam for the flooding and have called for its demolition.

The LaRue Community Alliance and other concerned citizens have an opportunity to give their feedback again on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 222 W. Center St. in Marion.

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