POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 11:44am
UPDATED: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 8:45pm
LOUISIANA — The greatest flood catastrophe in US history happened in 1927 and affected over 10 states. That’s the last time the Mississippi River faced levels higher than what’s we’re currently facing.
Over 17 million acres of land were flooded, and 250 lives were lost as a result of the Mississippi rising. The Great Flood created new legislation, including the Flood Control Act of 1928, which spawned the world’s longest system of levees to be built. It also launched the political career of then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, and landed him the Presidency. Here in Louisiana, the flood pushed Huey Long to be elected Governor in 1928.
The face of America changed in the wake of that disaster.
This video was provided by the Louisiana State Archieve.