Great Mississippi Flood, 1927

Great Mississippi Flood, 1927

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Caption: Great Mississippi Flood, 1927. Floodwater from the Mississippi River (left) flowing through a levee breach (lower left) and flooding fields near Grand Tower, Illinois, USA, in 1927. This is part of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, when heavy rains caused the Mississippi River to burst its banks and levees in 145 places in six states, flooding thousands of square kilometres of land up to 10 metres deep in water. This was one of the worst floods ever in the history of the USA. The Mississippi has a long history of flooding. It is one of the longest rivers in the USA, flows over 3700 kilometres north to south across the USA, and has the third largest drainage basin in the world.

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