Devastating Midwest Flood Marks 20th Anniversary
KANSAS CITY (AP) - It's been 20 years since waters receded from a massive flood that overtook more than 1,000 levees in nine Midwestern states.
In the years that have followed, thousands moved to higher ground and billions were spent to safeguard communities from future flooding. The meteorological combination of events that set the 1993 flooding in motion began with an unusually wet fall in 1992, followed by heavy snow melt in the winter of 1993. Then, the rains came - unprecedented amounts in the spring and early summer.
Graves were unearthed, and about 50 people died. Damage totaled between $12 billion and $16 billion, and as many as 100,000 homes flooded.
Jud Kneuvean of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers described the flood as "incredible" and the consequences as "hard to describe."
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