Messenger: Patch of dry ground adjacent to Mississippi River is monument to bad flood policy

So the city of St. Louis started partnering with them to raise the land out of the flood plain.

Over the past decade — with the support of the Corps of Engineers — the city and Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District have used the land as a dump, paying the owners of what is now called Pier St. Louis hundreds of thousands of dollars to dump “clean fill” on the property and raise it higher and higher.

Today it is dry.

For the owners, I suppose, that’s a good thing. Some day, with the help of taxpayers, they will have a commercially viable property, perhaps.

But at what cost?

This is what amounts to flood policy at the confluence of America’s two great rivers.


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