The Great Flood of 1993

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The Great Flood of 1993 occurred from May through September along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and their tributaries.  Major flooding occurred across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois resulting in over 50 deaths and billions of dollars in damages.

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The Great Flood of 1993-Recordbreaking Peaks

August 1, 2003, was 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.

In May 2003 ten years after the flood, the US Department of Homeland Security published a 10th-Anniversary Anthology of Stories of Hardship and Triumph.