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Widespread, prolonged, disastrous floods struck parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida following heavy rains Feb. 17-26, 1961. Three distinct low-pressure systems recurred in essentially the same area. Precipitation totaled more than 18 inches in some areas. Multiple floods of small streams became superimposed in the large rivers to produce rare, record-breaking peaks and prolonged inundation.
Four lives were lost; one in Louisiana and three in Mississippi. Highways, railroads, urban areas, and farms were heavily damaged.
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Floods of February-March 1961 in the southeastern States
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iii, 21 p. :illus., maps, diagrs., tables. ;27 cm.