When the Mississippi River reached record levels 26 years ago, the overflowing water covered 400,000 square miles and caused dozens of deaths. This week, though, when the river exceeded those levels in parts of the upper Midwest, flooding was mostly limited to open riverfronts and swaths of farmland.
On June 27, 1993, the Mississippi River topped the flood stage in St. Louis. The Great Flood of '93 had officially arrived. All told, the river stayed above flood stage at St. Louis for 147 days. The crest on Aug. 1, 1993, was 19.6 feet over flood stage at St. Louis and halfway up the grand riverfront staircase at the Gateway Arch.
The flood of 1993 officially ended on Sept. 13, 1993, when the Mississippi River fell below flood stage. We searched our archives for the best photos to show the might of the Flood of 1993.