In 1927, the U.S. suffered a flood that Herbert Hoover described as the “biggest peacetime disaster in U.S. history”. The Mississippi River flooded, displacing more than half a million people. It caused one billion dollars in damage (that was one third of the entire 1927 Federal Budget). It covered 27,000 square miles with thirty feet of water.
The model was not used after 1973 (six years after it was completed), but was funded in part until the 1990s when computer modelling was becoming viable, if a little clumsy, and didn’t need an observation tower. Sadly, no one was able to predict the 1993 flood called the “Great Flood of 1993”. Seriously. It surpassed the 1927 flood and is the largest flood recorded in U.S. history.
That’s it for this week, except to say that in 2.3 million gallons of molasses poured through the streets of Boston in the “Great Molasses Flood” of 1919 with a wall of molasses that was sometimes forty feet tall. So long, until next week.