CATASTROPHE: Flood Aftermath

Four months ago, in April, the ram-swollen Mississippi River began to leap from its bed. Result: "the greatest national calamity since the Civil War"—a crawling sheet of water that left few dry spots between southern Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. Last week the American Red Cross announced that all was not yet dry in the Mississippi Valley. Some 170,000 acres are still under water; 130,000 in Louisiana, 21,000 in Mississippi, 10,000 in Arkansas, 8,500 in Illinois. The Red Cross is at present providing food, clothing and shelter for 130,000 destitute...

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