Twenty-five years ago, on Aug. 1, 1993, the Mississippi River crested in the city of St. Louis at the highest level ever recorded — 49.58 feet. By the time the water retreated, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers had topped or burst levees in nine states, killed 50 people and caused $15 billion in damage. Residents can still feel the impact of the watershed disaster a quarter of a century later.
For months, our newsroom worked on a retrospective reporting project featuring six stories — offering perspectives from scientists, engineers, business people, and everyday citizens from towns large and small affected by the historic flood.
- What do you remember?
- How were you, your family or business affected?
- Would you be prepared if a flood of that magnitude happened again?
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