The Mississippi River Flood

April-May 1927, most devastating flood in history

The cause

Heavy rain took place for months until on April 16, the first levee broke and the water crashed through leaving people devastated. Following that, a second levee broke on April 21. Eventually all the walls crashed down, where people were placed in 30 ft of water.

It lasted for about 2 months until the water was gone.


  • Land was submerged
  • 250 people died
  • 130,000 homes were lost
  • 27,000 square miles of land was affected
  • Property damage was about 5 million dollars