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The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Maddie Derham


Published on December 2, 2014

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is known as the most destructive flood in the history of the United States. The depth of the water was over 30 feet and stretched for over 27 square miles. The heavy rain during the summer of 1926 lead to increased water levels which eventually lead to the breaking of Mounds Landing, which itself held more than double of the water in Niagara Falls. The many states that this flood affected were: Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Kansas. The Mississippi Flood caused $400 million in damages, and killed 246 people over the span of seven states.