Mississippi River Flooding
At over 180 days and counting, the Mississippi river has been above flood stage for the longest period in recorded history, surpassing the 1927 flood record of 152 days.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working tirelessly to manage the river’s flood waters and prevent additional flooding to communities across the Mississippi River Valley. Communities upriver have experienced devastating flooding, but luckily those in and around Louisiana have been largely protected from flooding as a result of the Mississippi River & Tributaries System.
Nearly 170 trillion gallons of water have flowed down the Mississippi River since the start of the year. This volume of water is 60% greater than the 10-year average!
This is certainly the longest flood of our time. 2019 will be remembered as record breaking and the most unprecedented flood in recorded history.