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A sugar cane field is covered with water following the Hymelia Crevasse break. (Photo courtesy of the George Lorio family)

Hymelia Crevasse

The yearly spring rise of the Mississippi brought fear of crevasses to those living on the riverbanks. Early in the twentieth century their worst fears were realized... Read More

Levees became major public projects in the late 1800s.


By 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... Read More

Mississippi River Levees

Mississippi River Levees

Everywhere sluices in the levees were used to irrigate the rice fields. With high water the saw mills on the banks of the river were also put to work the rich fruit and vegetable gardens on the Cote des Allemands were impressive believed that the Germans still supplied... Read More

Flooding in Hill Heights is depicted in this 1973 view. (Photo courtesy of Fay Walker Louque.)


Although the Bonnet Carré Spillway has controlled the waters of the Mississippi River, flooding from rainfall and tides continued to take its toll on St. Charles Parish. In the latter part of the 1900s—1973, 1989, and 1995, the parish experienced major flooding caused... Read More

A levee inspection takes place during the Flood of 1927. (Photo courtesy of Joan
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Flood Control

The Great Flood of 1927 is considered one of the worst disasters in American history. One million people lost their homes and hundreds of thousands relocated. More than five hundred people along the Mississippi River were killed as the levees broke at thirteen places including one between... Read More

Hermitage Plantation by Fr. Paret

Fr. Paret’s Watercolors & Journal – 1859

At the time of discovery of the Paret watercolors, in a proposal to publish the 1859 paintings, Louisiana State University (LSU) Art Museum Director Pat Bacot said the Paret paintings were “the most important single group of landscape paintings done before the Civil War... Read More