The Flood of 1927
In the spring of 1927, relentless rains and northern melt caused the mighty Mississippi to overflow its banks. More than 27,000 square miles of land from Illinois to Louisiana were submerged and nearly one million people were left homeless.
In 1928, the Federal Flood Control Act mandated permanent levees along the banks of the Atchafalaya Basin and both sides of the Mississippi River for more than 1,000 miles. Spillways were constructed upriver for New Orleans, where excess water could be dumped into Lake Ponchartrain. These safety measures continue to protect southern Louisiana from the yearly floods, and prevent a repeat of the catastrophe of 1927.
The car in the exhibit is a 1917 Hapmobile that did not survive the flood of 1927.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 29° 55.165′ N, 90° 7.805′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Magazine Street. Located inside the Audubon Zoo. Touch for map. Marker is at
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Original Teddy Bear (within shouting distance of this marker); Swamp People (within shouting distance of this marker); Trenasse Cutter (within shouting distance of this marker); Boré Plantation - Audubon Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Audubon Zoo's Whooping Crane Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away); Audubon Zoo (approx. ¼ mile away); DeDroit Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Classic Designs (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. Located inside the Audubon Zoo, in the Louisiana Swamp display.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2018.