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  • The levees were built in the 1940s and 1950s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and were designed to withstand a so-called 500-year flood.

    Illinois Region Gets Reprieve From Flood Insurance

  • The citywide buyout plan is designed to protect Fargo in the event of a so-called 500-year flood, which would require the removal of at least 800 homes.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • But the probability distribution function does not need to shift very far for the 100-year event to be occurring several times a century, along with a good chance of at least one 500-year event.

    Hansen projects hottest year on record... in 2012

  • Under Plan H, all but about 20 would be raised to protect against a 500-year flood — a flood so severe it would be expected to occur once every half-millennium.

    Mo. opposes river-taming effort

  • The Village of Gays Mills, Wis. decided to move its most vulnerable buildings to higher ground after back-to-back 500-year floods in 2007 and 2008.

    William S. Becker: Can We Handle Nature's New Norm? (Part 3)

  • It's had a great 500-year run ... but it's time to change. at

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Peruvian cuisine, the result of a nearly 500-year melting pot of Spanish, African, Japanese and Chinese immigration and native Quechua culture, is on the lips of top chefs worldwide.

    The Next Big Thing: Peruvian Food

  • The struggle for power is at the heart of the book: "A reoccurring theme in this 500-year history of Isthmus natives has been their continuous struggle for local control of their land and its resources."

    The Isthmus: Stories from Mexico's Past, 1495-1995 by Bruce Stores

  • Apparently you were going to be flooded one way or another: in the fall there was a 500-year flood that closed interstates in Atlanta, now there is a 500-year flood closing interstates in New England.

    "I care not if you kneel."

  • The Corps of Engineers wanted a minimum 500-year standard of protection for densely populated areas.

    Battling Nature on the River

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