High Water

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin
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Melding snows and heavy spring rains often fill the Mississippi beyond her banks. Once simply part of the annual cycle, the potential for significant property loss increased as houses became more numerous and more complex.

In April 1965 the worst flood in recorded history inundated St. Periole Island with more than five feet of water though less severe than 1965 damaging floods continued for another decade.

More than 100 island families finally found relief through a federal relocation program. The Mississippi River continues to periodically flood but today St. Feriole Island has become a park.
The marker is located along the east bank of the Mississippi River, at Lawler Park on St. Feriole Island, and is accessible from southbound North Water Street, between Bolvin Street (to the north) and Fisher Street (to the south), Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821.

View of the Mississippi River, looking west from the marker location.

No dogs allowed in Lawler Park! Dexter had to ride in his stroller.

 The marker is located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

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