January, 1927: Mississippi River floods 3 million acres of Delta Land

One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the Mississippi River flooded 27,000 square miles in 170 counties across 7 states.  The flood displaced 700,000 people and killed hundreds more.

Image:  Guards used lanterns like this one while patrolling the levee at night looking for structural weaknesses that could become a break or crevasse.

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