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Mississippi River Floods of 1973

By Patrick Mondout

In the spring of 1973 the Mississippi River reached its highest level in more than 150 years. Unprecedented flooding occurred throughout the river basin. Particularly affected were the marsh area below New Orleans, Louisiana and the entire Atchafalaya River Basin. Much of the Jonesville area was submerged.

Nearly 40,000 people became homeless during the floods and and there were 26 fatalities.

Source: NOAA.


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The waters of the Mississippi River stayed above flooding levels for a record 76 days in the spring 1973. The previous record of 58 days had been set in 1844.

Courtesy of NARA

Date(s): March-May 1973

Location: Louisiana

Deaths: 26



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