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What was the Great Flood of 1993

Heavy rainfall caused river flooding in 1993 that was so severe in Iowa that, when observed by NOAA sensors, the state looked like a sixth Great Lake. The Mississippi River was seven miles wide at some points, and the Missouri River also spilled over its banks, causing nearly $20 billion in property losses, 48 deaths, and the evacuation of 85,000 people.



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