Small Iowa town turns to Internet to save levee
(AP) — Residents of the small southwestern Iowa town of Hamburg aren’t the type to wait for others fix their problems, so when the nearby Missouri River threatened to flood the community last summer, townspeople worked with the Army Corps of Engineers on a levee that kept floodwaters at bay.
But when the town of nearly 1,200 learned it would have to spend more than $1 million to tear the levee down or raise $4.6 million — after the state agreed to chip in $1 million — to bring the raised levee within federal regulations, leaders decided to ask the world for help.
The result has been an impressive website, found at www.hamburglevee.com, imploring 1.5 million to give just $3 each, ensuring the levee can be saved “for less than a latte.”
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