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.
Location. 31° 33.831′ N, 91° 25.244′ W. Marker is in Vidalia, Louisiana, in Concordia Parish. Marker is on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vidalia LA 71373, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Bowie (within shouting
More about this marker. Located on the north side of the Vidalia Conference & Convention Center building.
Categories. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2018.