Major Crevasses Continue to Plague the German Coast
B y the turn of the nineteenth century, crude levees were in place along the Mississippi River and provided a measure of protection. Individual landowners were responsible for construction and maintenance of the levee system. By the 1830s, states began to be involved with flood control by receiving
direct funding and creating levee boards. The boards were then responsible for levee construction and maintenance funded by taxes paid by landowners. However, in spite of all efforts, there was still major flooding, primarily from crevasses. These floods and Civil War devastation caused the levee system to be perilously endangered by the 1870s. Appeals to the federal government intensified. Congress established the Mississippi River Commission in 1879. Federal involvement improved matters but floods and crevasses continued to occur.
Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.
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