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Tippecanoe County, IN

Tippecanoe County, IN: (Jul-04-07) Tippecanoe County officials' decided to build a temporary road into the Capilano subdivision after a flood in 2004. The only entrance to the upscale subdivision north of US 52 outside West Lafayette was submerged under several feet of water June 12, 2004, after heavy rains in the area. Given the safety concerns, with 110 households stranded, officials felt they had no options left, but to go ahead with building the road. The county hired Rieth-Riley Construction Co. to build a temporary roadway 200 yards long and 12 feet wide. The county later paid the contractor $16,156 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for the four-hour project. It paid Bellinger's, another contractor, $9,300, also in FEMA funds, to remove the road and reclaim the land later on. The county then faced a lawsuit filed by a resident couple, who claimed that the road construction resulted in damaging their property. In a settlement reached with them, the county agreed to pay $17,500. The temporary road construction has been embroiled in controversy since its inception and has cost the county close to $43,000. [JOURNAL AND COURIER: PROPERTY DAMAGE]

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Published on Jul-6-07


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