Historical Marker: Ohio River Levee
This historical marker describes the levee system that protects Evansville and Vanderburgh County from floods. The marker is located on the Riverside Plaza and is just north of the Four Freedoms Monument. The levee system consists of 17 miles of earth and concrete flood walls, 19 pumping stations, and gated structures that protect water from flowing into city pipes and roadways. It was built in response to a disastrous flood in January and February 1937, which extended from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cairo, Illinois. In Evansville, the water rose up to 57 feet. The levee system was built in 1944.
Backstory and Context
"Ohio River Levee." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed March 31, 2019. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=88987.
Photo: The Historical Marker Database