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Why did the Mississippi River Flood of 1965 Occur?

The Mississippi River Flood of 1965

A Detailed Look at the Mississippi River Flood of 1965

Read More About It

"La Crosse Area Braces" Wisconsin State Journal, April 11, 1965

"Prairie du Chien Floods Set Record" The Capital Times, April 20, 1965


flood stage

Interesting Fact:

The flooding reached levels of 17.7 feet in La Crosse, 25.3 feet in Prairie du Chien and 24.1 feet in Cassville.

Study Questions:

  • What conditions caused the 1965 flood to be so record-setting?
  • What was the total amount of damage caused by the 1965 flood to Wisconsin businesses, homeowners and farmers?
  • What steps have been taken since 1965 to prevent terrible flooding along the Mississippi River?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 10:

    1963: The USS Thresher, a nuclear submarine, is lost at sea off the coast of Massachusetts, killing 129 sailors.

  • April 10

    April 10, 1965: The Mississippi River, already over flood stage at La Crosse, was up almost another half foot as the city braced for record flooding. Wisconsin communities along the river, including La Crosse, Prairie du Chien and Cassville, experienced record-level flooding during April 1965.

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