Flooding near Cairo, Ill., and Bird’s Point,

A catastrophic flood and evacuation in 1927 led to the establishment of the Bird’s Point-New Madrid Floodway. The first time the floodway was activated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was in 1937. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel.

A catastrophic flood and evacuation in 1927 led to the establishment of the Bird’s Point-New Madrid Floodway. The first time the floodway was activated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was in 1937. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel.