Only a few places along the lower Mississippi River are naturally protected from flooding. One of these is downtown Memphis, or at least most of downtown Memphis, which sits high on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff.
In 1912, the Mississippi River south of Cairo, IL, reached record water levels. In Memphis, where flood level is 34’, the Mississippi reached flood stage on March 24 and stayed above that level for 60 days. That year, the river crested at Memphis twice: on April 6 at 45.3’ and again on May 10th at 38.9’. Read more »