CATASTROPHE: White, St. Francis

Unimpressed by the new importance of the Beaver Man, enemy of floods, angry rivers burst dykes, fell upon Arkansas and Missouri farmers. Hundreds scurried to the safety of high hills, driving kin and kine before them. In their wake came the flood waters of the White River, deluging 40,000 acres in Arkansas. Missourians fought the rising St. Francis, already claiming 25,000 acres, with the crest yet to come. Mississippi valley dwellers remembered 1927, wondered if the Beaver Man would help.

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