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Fatal Flood | American Experience

People lining up for food in the aftermath of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
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Wed., Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 | In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from New Orleans, leaving a million homeless.

In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless.

In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys, and the Percys against themselves. A dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America's greatest natural disasters.

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