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Remembering the Great Flood of 1927


While this spring has brought its fair share of showers, they pale in comparison to the record rainfall 82 years ago. April 1927 saw unprecedented rainfall in Arkansas, with over 7 inches falling on Little Rock in just a few hours. As lakes, rivers and stream beds filled with water, all of the levees from Fort Smith to Little Rock began to fail.

With nowhere for the water to go, homes and stores stood for months in 6 to 30 feet of standing water, while farmland was washed away. Relief and recovery costs totaled over $1 million across the state.

– Zach Parker, Ghidotti

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