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Hello: Where I live,people in outlying areas face flooding almost every spring/summer from overflowing rivers,and calls go out for people to volunteer for sandbagging duty.I was wondering why people don't build homes on mounds of earth that would protect from flood damage.Would this add too much to the cost of a home to be practical? It seems to me a better solution than permanent dikes/sandbagging. Thanks

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Historically cities began where there was plentiful fresh water, crucial for human existence.  Much of this land tends to be low lying.  Low lying land will be inundated with flood waters when conditions warrant.

I cannot explain why people continue to build in flood prone areas, even more perplexing is re-building in the same location.  Code and zoning issues have defined flood plain areas to help identify the issues and restrict building in the flood plain.

You ask a question that cannot be answered.  Each mound that you would build would have some limit that some flood would exceed.

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