U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman have joined forces to try to help save historic Zoar Village.

The senators on Thursday introduced legislation to protect Zoar while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers figures out how to fix or replace the nearby levee on the Tuscarawas River. One of the options considered would result in flooding the village founded in 1817 by German separatists. Zoar operated as a commune settlement, with residents sharing the labor, food and even childcare.

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