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October 15, 2017


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But boy do I wish this all happened sooner. When I first moved here 11 years ago, my brother who had already lived in Salem for more then a decade had said to me "What you need to know about Salem is that it's run by developers, for developers. Get ready to go a little crazy from that."

He wasn't kidding. Some 7 years ago the city, after swearing they'd never do it, gave the green light to clearing the last of the hill of beautiful trees below Mildred and speed up the house building. Because after a decade of building in the area non stop, surely there was still a demand for more!

About 4 years ago I got my first notice from the city that we needed to be alerted to flood potential. They didn't flat out say we were in a flood zone, I mean because like a lot of people we checked to make sure the house WASN'T in one before buying it. And the state mapping on flood zones clearly still showed we were not in or near a flood zone -- but it wasn't updated to the building going on at that point. This year, this year we were officially notified "to confirm we have flood insurance" because we live in a flood zone. They created a flood zone. My home is now at risk of flooding because someone thought removing trees from a hill to make room for more "building dollars" was much more important then the safety of the citizens that already live there.

Talk about for developers and by developers. Ugh.

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