Have Flood Controls on the Mississippi River Been Successful?
ES1308  The Flood of 1937

Excessive rain in the upper Mississippi and Ohio River in January 1937 resulted in another significant flooding event in these river basins. Frozen ground contributed to the runoff into the rivers. Rain was reported for 27 out of 31 days during January. Some areas received over 10 inches of rain in a period of 20 days. Some successes in containing the flood on the Mississippi River were recorded, but damage was still intense.

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5. Examine the images and summarize the results of the 1937 flood of the Mississippi River. Were attempts at flood control effective in taming the 1937 flood?

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