This entire midwestern town moved uphill to escape flooding. Can others do the same?

This entire midwestern town moved uphill to escape flooding. Can others do the same?

The relatively well-off bedroom community of Valmeyer, Illinois, could afford to relocate – but moving is more challenging for less affluent towns

When Valmeyer, Illinois, was hit by the great flood of 1993 and faced obliteration, residents made an unexpected choice: the town decided to rebuild from the ground up – this time, about two miles east and 400ft higher up.

Valmeyer was a small commuter town made up of mostly middle-class families who worked in nearby St Louis, Missouri. Almost overnight, the community became a model of what it means to become climate resilient.

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