Almanac

Viewpoint - May 25, 2011

Letter: Mississippi shows risk of building below sea level

Redwood City residents need look no further than the national news to realize that building new homes for 30,000 people behind a dike below sea level is a bad idea.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tennessee is blowing up levees in order to protect cities and towns as the Mississippi River crests at levels not seen since the 1930s. News reports over the last few weeks feature the tragic plight of families evacuating their homes in low-lying areas at or below sea level.

With all this national news, the latest local news story is no surprise. A new poll shows Redwood City residents oppose Cargill's proposed Bay development below sea level by a 2 to 1 margin. Even a developer with public relations resources cannot control the news.

Kaia Eakin, Redwood City

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