July 3, 1978:
Despite millions spent on flood control projects on the Kickapoo River, the streets of downtown Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin are awash for at least the tenth time in the century. Facing possible economic ruin, the town secures federal funds to move itself uphill
. What used to be downtown Soldiers Grove becomes a park, where it still floods, but the towns homes and businesses thrive today.
July 3, 1994:
Dry lightning sparks a wildfire seven miles west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Three days later, 14 firefighters died
as a wall of flame raced up Storm King Mountain. The tragedy prompted a thorough examination of safety, risk-taking, and firefighting priorities.
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