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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 direct funding and creating levee boards. The boards were then responsible for levee construction and maintenance ..." 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 the capital (New Orleans) … Goods were transported mainly on the river, just as always. Cuming reported in 1810 that, above New Orleans, the river was ..." 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 by heavy rainfalls. Rising tides and rainfall associated with hurricanes..." Read More

A levee inspection takes place during the Flood of 1927. (Photo courtesy of Joan
Weaver Becnel)

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 Montz and LaPlace. This low-lying area of bottomland is still referred to as “The Slew.” The town of Montz..." Read More

Crevasse water takes over a store in Taft. (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. On May 14, 1912, a “crawfish hole” began to weaken the levee at Hymelia, just upriver from present-day Killona. It quickly grew to a five-hund red-foot wide gap in the levee spilling water across a huge area from Hymelia to as far as Donaldsonville..." Read More