Mississippi & Missouri River Basins 2011
Residents in Mississippi and Missouri River watersheds suffered huge losses and severe damage due to flooding.
Residents in the Mississippi and Missouri River watersheds grappled with flooding so severe that it led the Army Corps of Engineers to implement strategic levee breaches designed to flood smaller cities in hopes of protecting more densely populated areas. This understandably controversial option had not been employed in a century. Estimated economic losses due to the flooding were US$2-4 billion.