Have Flood Controls on the Mississippi River Been Successful?
ES1308  The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is perhaps the most important river in the United States. It represents the third largest drainage basin in the world. The basin drains an area of 1,245,000 square miles, including all or part of 31 states and two Canadian provinces. The Mississippi River is vital to mid-continent transportation and supplies water for drinking, irrigation, and industries. Major floods on the Mississippi River have caused billions of dollars in property damage.

NOAA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi River in flood stage near LaCrosse, Wisconsin Revetment bars and levee along the Mississippi River
NOAA USGS
Flooded farm along Mississippi River Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, August 1993
2. Briefly summarize how floods cause property damage.

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