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New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Flood of 1927

 
 
The Flood of 1927 Marker image. Click for full size.
May 6, 2018
1. The Flood of 1927 Marker
Inscription.
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

The Flood of 1927 Marker image. Click for full size.
May 6, 2018
2. The Flood of 1927 Marker
(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.
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
1917 Hapmobile mentioned on marker image. Click for full size.
By Cajun Scrambler, May 6, 2018
3. 1917 Hapmobile mentioned on marker
 
 
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 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2018.
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