The levees are thought will prevent flooding.
Tons of water is dumped into the tribuaries thoughout the contient that feed into the Mississippi.
The Mississippi River Commission still insists the levees will hold.
Heavy rains continue throughout March and April. Some residents flee the area in fear.
African Americans are pressed to wrk to heighten and streghthen the levees. 30,000 are sent to work to save the levee.
The storm covers several hundred square miles. Rainfall is around 6 to 16 inches of rainfall.
LeRoy Percy and others town leaders discuss if the levee will hold.
30 Miles south of Cairo, Illinois the levee collapses and 175,000 acres are flooded.
Communities on both sides of the river fear sabotage and set up patrols to prevent intruders from dynamiting their levee.
Despite efforts of 30,000 African American work crews laboring day and night the levees collapse sweeping many of the workers along with it.
Greenville is covered in ten feet of water. For 69 miles to the east and 90 miles to the south of the Mounds landing break the Delta beacomes a turbulent inland sea. Tens of thousands of people are stranded on rooftops.
Rescue boats follow power lines to find survivors. WIth 10,000 refugees Greenvilles population almost double.
13,000 African Americans are stranded with nothing but blankets. There is no food and the water supply in contaminated.
Herert Hoover approves flood relief.
Levee is broken to realease flood water away from the city and its half million inhabitants.
The accusations are confirmed. Hoover decided to use this by forming a Colored Advisory board to help support the African American to gain political support.
Greenville need to dig the town out of the mud. Again the white leaders try and get the African AMericans to do this work. Division between the blacks and whites rises.