Rebuilding Communities in Flood Prone Coastal Zones

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Destruction from Hurricane Ike
Destruction from Hurricane Ike. Photo: Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

Hurricane Katrina destroyed communities in Louisiana. Ike leveled the Port Bolivar peninsula and parts of Galveston. But Galveston has been destroyed before. With the damage from hurricane Ike still being totaled and hurricane Katrina still in our memories, what is the answer?

Question: Should we rebuild communities in flood prone coastal zones? Who should pay for the rebuilding? Is it fair to ask residents of Kansas to pay taxes for rebuilding of roads and structures on the coast? What do you think?

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