CATASTROPHE: Flood

With the great Mississippi flood of 1927 quietly seeping into the Gulf of Mexico, attention turned toward preventing the river from ever again driving valley-dwellers from their homes in hundreds of thousands. It appears certain that the levee system will continue to carry the main burden of flood prevention, but various adjuncts to it have been insistently urged.

Reforestation. A frequently brought forward measure of flood-control has been reforestation. One objection to this scheme is that the Mississippi went on one of the greatest floods of its history in 1844 when the valley was thickly forested.

Reservoirs. A system of reservoirs in...

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