Levees and the illusion of flood control


Flooding in Arkansas, along the Mississippi River, 1927 (Corps of Engineers photo)

Levee overtopping and failure was so widespread in the 1927 Mississippi River flood, that sometimes there was no dry land left except atop the levees. Here, flood victims camp on a levee at Arkansas City, Arkansas (Corps of Engineers photo)

“Flood Victims of Arkansas City, Arkansas, Camp on a Levee. 1927.”

Boards: History of US Army Corps of Engineers, 1998, p. 49.
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