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Fred Lynch

Mississippi River floods Water Street

Posted Monday, April 29, 2013, at 12:00 AM

This undated aerial photo by G.D. Fronabarger shows the Mississippi River flooding on Water Street before the floodwall was built.

Broadway is dry next to Buckner Ragsdale Co.

We know the picture was made before 1958, because the building on the north corner of Themis and Water came down that year.

Here are some major floods with the crests:

1947 -- 41.88 feet

1948 -- 37.8

1950 -- 32.1

1951 -- 41.8

1952 -- 38.3

1958 -- 33.9

More blogs:

Early aerial: Water Street and Broadway

Mississippi River floods Main Street


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  • Frony was a better photographer than my dad, but I still like these photos of the Flood of 1943 I found in one of his scrapbooks.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Apr 29, 2013, at 12:29 AM
  • The St. Charles Hotel, Albert's and Town Pump are visible in this pre-floodwall photo. Now there were some historic buildings.

    -- Posted by semowasp on Mon, Apr 29, 2013, at 6:12 AM