It will be 20 years since the Flood of '93 overtook river towns up and down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau is thinking of ways to commemorate the natural disaster. In the two decades since the flood, there have been great examples of communities bouncing back, and new projects to celebrate life on the river.
Among those projects, according to Brett Stawar, Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau President, is the Rivers Project Office. It is a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He says there are plans to mark the 20 year anniversary of the Flood of '93 - among the most costly and devastating to ever occur in the United States, with $15-billion in damages. The flood was the worst such U.S. disaster since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, in terms of duration, square miles inundated, persons displaced, crop and property damage, and number of record river levels.