Intro With the Mississippi River nearing record levels on May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee to save the small town of Cario, Ill., from devastating flooding. In the past, cities on the river haven't been s fortunate. The Mississippi River is known for its epic floods and these destructive events led to the creation of levees along North America's longest river . Here, we count down the mightiest floods of the Mississippi River.
Over time the Mississippi River has changed course due to the silt and sediment of its channel blocking the water's path, forcing it to alter direction and find a new route to the Gulf of Mexico. Harold N. Fisk colorfully charted the mile long river in