Although situating a city near a river was usually a good idea, sometimes city planners decided later that a local waterway was an impediment to progress (or, more likely, polluted and fetid). So, they'd bury it — redirecting the water underground. Thus, the River Fleet still flows beneath the streets of London; the Park River runs beneath the Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut; and Minetta Brook and an unnamed spring run beneath New York City's Greenwich Village near Minetta Lane and Spring Street.
Nebraska's Platte River takes its name from a French word meaning what?
Previous answer: In the 1990s, Montserrat's Soufriere Hills volcano erupted, forcing most of the population to leave the island.
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