Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927
The devastating Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 did not spare the Town of Vidalia.
Heavy rains and melting snow in the northern United States in late 1926 and the spring of 1927 swelled the river to the top of its banks. Its tributaries climbed to flood stage. The rains continued and breaks in the vast levee system north of here allowed the mighty Mississippi River to spill over its banks into Vidalia, severely testing the strength, endurance and spirit of its citizens. As streets became waterways, many residents evacuated by ferry to Natchez; others lived in tents atop the levee from late May until the waters receded weeks later.
The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, which inundated more than 26,000 square miles of land in seven states focused national attention on the desperate need for flood control and led Congress to pass the Flood Control Act of 1928. This gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the ultimate responsibility of Mississippi River flood control.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Waterways & Vessels.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Bowie (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi River (within shouting distance of this marker); Relocation of Vidalia (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station (about 500 feet away); Post of Concord Established (about 800 feet away); Natchez (approx. half a mile away); Natchitoches - Natchez Road (approx. half a mile away); Natchez Under-the-Hill - Life on the Riverfront (approx. 0.6 miles away in Mississippi). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vidalia.
More about this marker. Located on the north side of the Vidalia Conference & Convention Center building.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.