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The Great Flood of 1993—Photos

Mississippi River Flood of 1993—On August 1, 1993, the largest peak discharge since 1844 was measured at St. Louis on the Mississippi River by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mark Twain— "The Mississippi River will always have its own way, no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise...  "Mark Twain in Eruption."

 

Governor Carnahan interview during 1993 flood. Governor Carnahan Interviewed—Governor Mel Carnahan, seated on the right, gives an interview to the news media during the 1993 flood at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Arch).
   
Mississippi River at St. Louis Mississippi River at St. Louis—Mississippi River at St. Louis near the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Arch).
   
Photo view of the Mississippi River and Laclede's Landing in St. Louis. Mississippi River at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial—A view of the Mississippi River and Laclede's Landing near the steps of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Arch).
   
Photo of the Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois during the 1993 flood south of the Missouri Highway 367 bridge. Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois—The 1993 flood south of the Missouri Highway 367 bridge near Alton. A USGS gaging station is inundated near the fence.
   
Photo of the Missouri River flooding the railroad station at St. Charles, Missouri Missouri River at St. Charles—The Missouri River floods the railroad station at St. Charles, Missouri.
   
Many busineses were closed during the flood like the one depicited in this photo of a Riverboat Ride Sign under water Riverboat Rides?—Many businesses were closed during the flood.
   
Photo depiciting the flooding of the Mississippir River in the town of Grafton, Illinois, during the 1993 flood Town of Grafton, Illinois—Many communities along the Mississippi River were flooded.
   
A photo of some of the homes and businesses that were flooded during the 1993 Flood Homes and Businesses—At Least 70 towns were completely inundated.
   
A photo showing the gaging submerged station known as Mississippi River at Grafton. Gaging Station at Mississippi River at Grafton—The gaging station known as Mississippi River at Grafton was submerged and had to be moved to higher ground as a temporary solution.
   
Photo of a Hydrologic Technician moving equipment out of a flooded gaging station during the 1993 Flood. Flooded Gaging Station—A Hydrologic Technician moves equipment out of a flooded gaging station.
   
Photo showing temporary gaging station location during the 1993 Flood. Temporary Gaging Station—Gaging stations were moved to telephone poles for temporary locations to stay above the high water.
   
Photo showing the effects of the 1993 Flood on the Columbia/Eagle Bluffs Wetland Complex. Effects on the Columbia/Eagle Bluffs Wetland Complex—The flood water was approximately 12 feet deep over most of the floodplain druing the peak of the 1993 Flood.
   

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