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The Mississippi River's record-breaking floods: A visual history
Rising waters and thousands of flooded homes in the South are drawing comparisons to the Great Flood of 1927
A Missouri resident look at homes that are already underwater by Saturday: The Mississippi has since risen to near-record flood levels, rivaling the Great Flood of 1927. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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he Mississippi River is cresting at near-record levels, causing devastating floods from Illinois to Louisiana, and drawing comparisons to the Great Flood of 1927. That year, 27,000 square miles of low-lying areas along the Mississippi, Arkansas, and Red rivers were submerged for nearly five months. Hundreds were killed and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Here, a look at the the wrath of the mighty Mississippi, then and now.

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