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.
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. Touch for map. Located inside the Audubon Zoo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans LA 70118, United States of America.
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
More about this marker. Located inside the Audubon Zoo, in the Louisiana Swamp display.
Categories. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2018.