I thought that Wal-Mart had to build it up to a certain level for the city to approve them... but I don't know that for a fact... It would be stupid not to, considering that land has flooded consistently in the recent past.
The ground wal-mart was built on was raised 6 feet before construction started. 136,000 tons of fill material went in there. Pretty impressive operation while it was going on. I think there was a truck crossing the scale at Hallett's Ames pit once every 45 seconds a couple days.
Last edited by mramseyISU; 06-02-2008 at 11:12 AM.
I worked for Hallett while all that fill was being mined. One day last spring when it was raining like today some guy from the contractor doing the earth work called complaining that the fill was too wet. My boss told him if he wanted it any drier that day he'd better come stand on top of the pile with an umbrella.
I haven't been to Ames since our honeymoon and really have no idea how bad it was.
I haven't looked at them up close, but just driving by them they look OK. Just really damp--well, really damp now that it's raining again. I even saw some kids playing on one of the fields on the south side of the street last night.
EDIT -- As Angie said, they were underwater. Deep underwater. But it's gone at least for now. Didn't mean to contradict her.
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