I’m glad I wasn’t around to witness the flooding in ’33. It took me eight hours to navigate around flooding on Indy’s southside travelling up from Salem a few weeks back. Lifescience.com has more:
Few disasters in U.S. history match the devastation of 1993, when hundreds of levees along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers failed, killing 50 people and causing more than $15 billion in damage.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the 1993 flood was its duration. From May through September, major flooding occurred across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
Some 50,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. And 75 towns were “totally and completely under flood waters,” according to an account by Lee W. Larson, Chief of the Hydrologic Research Laboratory at NOAA’s National Weather Service.
“It was certainly the largest and most significant flood event ever to occur in the United States,” Larson said.
There were plenty of lessons to learn.
Evidently, we didn’t learn enough.