Throughout history, Mississippi River floods have been a part of the natural cycle of life [unreadable]. During each flood, residents have worked to lessen damage, and have slowly rebuilt their towns, their farms, and their lives. Today, a modern system of levees and dams on tributary rivers helps reduce flood damage, our large Mississippi River flood can never be fully controlled.
"This present flood of 1882 will doubtless be celebrated in the river's history. [W]hen the flood was at its highest, the Mississippi was seventy miles [unreadable]. The crops were destroyed, houses washed away, and shelterless men and cattle forced to take refuge on scattering elevations... and wait in peril and suffering..."
—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
In September 2008, the Mississippi River reaches flood stage at St. Louis after rising a record 14 feet in 24 hours.