"Building again and again in this very sensitive flood plain will only achieve the same results â¿¿ flooding, and possibly untimely death," homeowner Tina Downer told about 200 of her neighbors who gathered to discuss a potential buyout program last week. "It is not safe for anyone to live there."The problem has worsened in recent decades with an explosion of development near the nation's shorelines. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that in 2003, approximately 153 million people â¿¿ 53 percent of the nation's population â¿¿ lived in coastal counties, an increase of 33 million people since 1980. The agency forecasts 12 million more to join them by 2015.
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