Levees and the illusion of flood control

Aerial of a levee break on the Mississippi River in Missouri

Elsberry, MO, June 20, 2008 -- A levee in the Elsberry levee district breaks, flooding farmland and houses in the area. - Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA - Public domain image

A levee breach on the Mississippi River near Elsberry, Missouri in the 2008 flood. (photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA)

A levee breach on the Mississippi River near Elsberry, Missouri in the 2008 flood. (photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA)

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