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1993 Floods

Record rainfall throughout the upper Midwest caused rivers across several states to rise well above flood stage. Often referred to as a 500-year flood, 1993 set new high-water marks in many cities, and caused record damage.

Michael W. Lemberger photographed the floodwaters of southeastern Iowa, along the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers, for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Above: The Ottumwa, Iowa, waterworks plant braces for the worst of the flooding, with temporary levees built around the plant (which was supplying water to Des Moines, Iowa after the metro waterworks was flooded).

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Eddyville and Chillicothe, Iowa

Ottumwa, Iowa

Eldon, Iowa

Selma & Douds, Iowa

Keosauqua, Iowa and area

Bentonsport, Iowa

Bonaparte, Iowa

Farmington, Iowa

Keokuk, Iowa and area (Lock & Dam 19)

Mississippi River (Iowa, Illinois, Missouri)

Canton, Missouri (Lock & Dam 20)

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