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The Great Flood of 1993


Photo showing flooded highway in Jefferson City.  Photo showing closer view of flooded highway in Jefferson City.

August 1, 2003, is the 10th anniversary of the "Flood of 1993," referred to by many as the "Great Flood" or "Record Flood of 1993."   The Great Flood of 1993 constituted the most costly and devastating flood to ravage the United States in modern history. Levees were broken, farmland, town, and transportation routes were destroyed, thousands of people were forced to abandon their homes, and 47 people died as a direct result of the flood.

The Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, reported that the flood caused enormous human suffering. At least 75 towns were completely inundated, some of which have not been rebuilt. The Great Flood of 1993 inundated more than 20 million acres in nine states. Approximately 54,000 people had to be evacuated from flooded areas at some time during the flood, and approximately 50,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. Losses were estimated at 15 to 20 billion dollars.

1993 Flood Peaks    1993 Flood Photos    1993 Flood Publications

Other Links of Interest:

U.S. Geological Survey

Flood of 1993—Mississippi River near the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Arch), St. Louis, Missouri  (USGS Fact Sheet FS–188–95)

The Great Flood of 1993 on the Upper Mississippi River —10 Years Later

The Great Flood of 1993 on the Upper Mississippi River —10 Years Later(USGS Fact Sheet 2004-3024)

The 1903 and 1993 Floods in Kansas 

Effects of the Great Midwest Flood of 1993 on Wetlands  (USGS Water Supply Paper 2425)

Significant Floods in the United States During the 20th Century - USGS Measures a Century of Floods  (USGS Fact Sheet 024-00)

Pictures of 1903 and 1993 flood in Kansas area.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Corps of Engineers 1993 Flood Data

1993 Flood Damage Map GIFS's

The Great Flood of 1993 Post-Flood Report

National Weather Service

National Weather Service - Central Region Headquarters  

The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993 

NOAA/National Weather Service  

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