Top Ten Historic Floods in America

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The Mississippi River flooding is currently causing great harm, human loss and damage to local residents. In this situation, let's review the most historic floods ever happened in the United States.

 

Hurricane Camille, 1969

Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf inland over the Appalachians and the area of Virginia in August 1969 was the hardest and costliest flood in history of the United States. Before entering the Atlantic on 20th of that month, the hurricane had made flash floods and swept away more than 100 bridges in total. The negative impact of Hurricane Camille led to the Disaster Relief Act of 1969. The hurricane caused $1.4 billion of damage.


Hurricane Camille, 1969

Hurricane Camille, 1969

 

Ohio River, 1937


The flooding in Ohio River caused $20 million in damages. People had to flee as far as 30 miles away from the river.

The flooding in Ohio River caused $20 million in damage. People had to flee as far as 30 miles away from the river.

 

Hurricane Katrina, 2005


Hurricane Katrina in August-September 2005 left more than 1,800 died, 15 million people injured and impacted and $81 billion damaged.

Hurricane Katrina in August-September 2005 left more than 1,800 died, 15 million people injured and $81 billion damaged.

 

Rapid City, S.D., 1972


The flash flood in Rapid City happened at night when most people were sleeping. More than 238 people were found dead and $165 million of home and farmland was damaged in total.

The flash flood in Rapid City happened at night when most people were sleeping. More than 238 people were found dead and $165 million of home and farmland was damaged in total.

 

Johnstown, Pa., 1889


The South Fork Dam failed on May 31, 1889 released 20 million tons of water to Johnstown. With speed of 20 to 40 miles per hour, this downtown was filled with water in less than an hour.

The South Fork Dam failed on May 31, 1889 released 20 million tons of water to Johnstown. With the speed of 20 to 40 miles per hour, this downtown was fillled with water in less than an hour.

 

Mississippi River, 1927


The 1927 flood in Mississippi River was the most destructive river flood in US. Over 16 million acres of land were destroyed, 500 people were killed and 600,000 were forced homeless.

The 1927 flood in Mississippi River was the most destructive river flood in US. Over 16 million acres of land were destroyed, 500 people were killed and 600,000 were forced homeless.

 

Mississippi River, 1993


The water stayed in 81 consecutive days in St. Louis, Missouri which inflicted more than $15 billion in damages.

The water stayed in 81 consecutive days in St. Louis, Missouri which inflicted more than $15 billion in damages.

 

Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado, 1976


The flash flood in Colorado on July 31, 1976 rushed from the Rocky Mountain to Big Thompson Canyon in Colorado which killed 144 people and damaged $35.5 million in total.

The flash flood in Colorado on July 31, 1976 rushed from Rocky Mountain to Big Thompson Canyon in Colorado which killed 144 people and damaged $35.5 million in total.

 

Galveston, Texas, 1900


The storm with an estimated 135-miles-per-hour wind had sent a flood to Galveston, Texas which killed almost 8000 people.

The storm with an estimated 135-miles-per-hour wind had sent a flood to Galveston, Texas which killed almost 8,000 people.

 

Central Valley, California, 1861-62


The Pineapple Express in December 1861-January 1862 is well- known as the storm caused California to go bankrupt.

The Pineapple Express in December 1861 - January 1862 is well- known as the storm which caused California to go bankrupt.

 

 

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This article was published on 2011/05/13
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