Mississippi River Flood of 1927

1927 Flood from KnowLA-Know Louisiana on Vimeo.

About this Video

 This silent film by the Signal Corps of the Mississippi captures the devastation of the 1927 Mississippi River flood. 

In 1927, flood waters from the Mississippi River raged from Illinois south through Louisiana and Mississippi. This silent film from the Signal Corps of the Mississippi shows the devastation of the floods and the subsequent rescue and recovery efforts. The material was originally shot on 3/4" U-matic video, made available at the National Archives facility in College Park, Maryland. Unfortunately, the transfer of the film to video was done poorly, causing some distortion of the images. The impact of the disaster, however, is evident even with the poor quality video.


Creator Signal Corps
Date 1936
Copyright Public Domain