2005/09/10

Time for history

The Great Mississippi Flood in 1927 was the most destructive flood in United States history.

In the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 the Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places and flooded 27,000 square miles or about 16,570,627 acres (70,000 km²). The area was inundated up to a depth of 30 feet (10 m). The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states.

The flood affected Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee with Arkansas being hardest hit with 13% of its territory covered by floodwaters.


The flood began when heavy rains pounded the central basin of the Mississippi in the summer of 1926. By September the Mississippi's tributaries in Kansas and Iowa were swollen to capacity. On New Year's day of 1927 the Cumberland River at Nashville topped levees at 56.2 feet (17 m).

By May of 1927 the Mississippi River below Memphis, Tennessee
was a watery oval up to 60 miles wide (100 km).


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2 Comments:

Blogger mike said...

It's amazing all the folks calling this the worst disaster in American history either don't know or have forgotten about the '26 Flood. It was way worse. The treatment of Mississippi's blacks by white landownders then beats anything Bush has been accused of today. That event was the beginning of the Great Migration of Southern blacks to the North, especially Chicago and Detroit.

Sat Sep 10, 02:12:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Cg said...

They probably don't know. Most are clueless to anything that didn't happen in their own lifetimes.

Sun Sep 11, 10:34:00 AM CDT  

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