The Great Flood of 1881

The Great Flood of 1881

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Caption: The Great Flood of 1881 refers to flooding events on the Missouri River during the spring of 1881. The flood struck Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa between April 1, 1881 and April 27, 1881. The events provided the first detailed reporting of Missouri River flooding, and caused millions of dollars in damage. Three people died in northeastern Nebraska as a result of the breakage of an ice jam. Thousands of livestock were killed and several small riverside towns were washed away.

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