Mississippi River Flood 1927

The Great Flood

Engineers constuct levees stretching from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans.

April 1926

The levees are thought will prevent flooding.

Violent storms hit the northern United States

Approx. September 1926 - November 1926

Tons of water is dumped into the tribuaries thoughout the contient that feed into the Mississippi.

The Mississipi River is on the verge of flooding

1 January 1927

The Mississippi River Commission still insists the levees will hold.

Huge swells on the Mississippi River move downstream and reach the Delta.

March 1927

Heavy rains continue throughout March and April. Some residents flee the area in fear.

LeRoy Percy sent farm hands to raise the height of the levees.

March 1927 - April 1927

African Americans are pressed to wrk to heighten and streghthen the levees. 30,000 are sent to work to save the levee.

Rains continue with Washington County and Greenville receiving 8.12inches.

15 April 1927

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.

The Great Flood of 1927 begins

16 April 1927

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.

At 8.00am at Greenville at Mounds Landing the levee bursts.

21 April 1927

Despite efforts of 30,000 African American work crews laboring day and night the levees collapse sweeping many of the workers along with it.

The Great Flood overruns Greenville, Mississippi.

22 April 1927

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 look for suvivors in Washington County.

23 April 1927

Rescue boats follow power lines to find survivors. WIth 10,000 refugees Greenvilles population almost double.

Will Percy evacuates white refugees to safer ground.

25 April 1927

13,000 African Americans are stranded with nothing but blankets. There is no food and the water supply in contaminated.

Herber Hoover in charge of flood relief.

26 April 1927

Herert Hoover approves flood relief.

New Orleans dynamites the Poydras levee.

29 April 1927

Levee is broken to realease flood water away from the city and its half million inhabitants.

Abuse accusations in the refugee camps

May 1927

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.

Flood Water recede

June 1927 - July 1927

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.