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Case Study

The Mississippi river is a major river covering almost half of the USA. The river used to flood and the
channel moved around the floodplain. This made navigation difficult so people attempted to manage the
river. Strategies involved dykes, levees, dams and river straightening. This solved…

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62,000 families were evacuated
72,000 homes were flooded
70% of levees were damaged
55 towns were wrecked
6 million acres of farmland was flooded

Secondary Effects:
River traffic halted for several months
Crop losses were put at $2.6 billion
Insurance payouts reached $12 billion in property alone
Stagnant water attracted…


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