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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Nation's Most Destructive Flood

 
 
The Nation's Most Destructive Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. The Nation's Most Destructive Flood Marker
Inscription. Torrential rains in the fall of 1926 and spring of 1927 set the stage for one of our Nation's worst natural disasters. Levees held back the water until breaks occurred at Mound Landing, MS and Pendleton, AR on April 21, 1927. Bt the time the floodwaters receded in August, more than 16 million acres and 162,000 homes had been flooded, $100 million in crops had been damaged, over 700,000 people had been relocated to refugee camps (like this one on high ground in Vicksburg), thousands of buildings had been destroyed, and several hundred people had died. Over 31,000 heroic volunteers cared for their fellow citizens, rising above prejudices and self-interest to rescue, comfort, and shepherd them home. As a direct result of this disaster, Congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1928 providing federal funding and responsibility for flood protection on the lower Mississippi by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC). The MRC was relocated from St. Louis to Vicksburg, and the Waterways Experiment Station was created to work with the Corps' Lower Mississippi Valley Division and Vicksburg District offices. These efforts established and sustain Vicksburg as the center of expertise for water infrastructure engineering in the Nation.

Sponsored by current and retired members of the US Army Corps of Engineers
and the Mississippi River Commission; their Partners, Friends, and
Citizens of Vicksburg.
 
Erected 2009 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 
The Nation's Most Destructive Flood Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. The Nation's Most Destructive Flood Mural
21.101′ N, 90° 53.016′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Levee Street south of Grove Street. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" (here, next to this marker); Carr School (here, next to this marker); "The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon (a few steps from this marker); The Steamer Sprague (a few steps from this marker); Brothers of the Sacred Heart (a few steps from this marker); "Logging on the River" (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Founding of Vicksburg and Methodism" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vicksburg Garden Clubs and Planters Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. (Submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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