1994 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Bill Greene

The Boston Globe

01 July, 1993

Levees patched with sandbags. In the US Midwest heartland, weeks of solid rain coupled with insufficient precautions caused the worst flooding ever. Nine states were declared federal disaster areas and 100 million sandbags were bought to hold back the floods. When the water finally receded, 50 people had died and 70,000 had lost their homes. The total damage amounted to $12 billion. Communities up and down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were swamped by the flood water.


Bill Greene

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