Wikipedia tells us that a flood plain is "an area of land adjacent to a river which stretches from the banks of its channel to the base of the enclosing valley walls, and which experiences flooding during periods of high discharge." Obviously, these people didn’t follow that piece of advice.
Kind of like people who buy homes near airports. If you ever read the book Airport by Arthur Hailey, you know that one of the subplots is about people who built their homes near Lincoln International Airport (very loosely based on O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where I spent a lot of time both when I lived in Chicago and after moving to Atlanta). The people were assured by their real estate agents that noise from the airport would not be a problem, and of course it was, because just as the people who were building the airport put up signs that said in essence an airport is a very noisy place, the real estate agents, seeing dollar signs, tore the signs down. Now the people who bought in that area are blaming the airport for being noisy.
A similar situation happened on the South Side near Midway Airport. When I first moved to that part of town, Midway was like a ghost town, with maybe one or two flights going in and out each day. The quieter it got near Midway, the more people moved into the neighborhood. Then along comes Midway Airlines, who said "hey, we can use Midway and fly to destinations around the Midwest, and I’ll bet a lot of people will fly on our airline because they don’t have to fly in and out of O’Hare!" Which is what they did, and business travelers, like me, used it. And we were all very happy, but the people who lived near Midway were none too pleased. Hey, they bought near an airport…
I don’t know if any of you have been to Monroe, Louisiana, but there’s a refinery in Monroe and a paper mill in West Monroe, on the other side of Bayou Desaird. When both are working, things get more than a little smelly there. If you’re ever thinking of moving to Monroe, you might want to visit and make sure you can cope with it. I’ve been there more than a few times, and I really like the place despite the smell, but your mileage may vary.
Christine Bialczak runs Simply 6 Minutes.