The 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.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why you shouldn't eat dog. Not even once.
- How U.S. special forces are preparing for the worst-case scenario in North Korea
- Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in the West Bank
- Why you should really take a nap this afternoon, according to science
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- Why charity can't solve society's deepest problems
- How social conservatives became a minority in need of protection
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- What tattoos can teach us about modern fandom
- I hate Ayn Rand — but here's why my fellow conservatives love her
Subscribe to the Week