Nancy's Almanac, April 2, 2014: 'Long Winter' set stage for historic flood 133 years ago

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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:00 am

Back in April 1881, historic flooding along the Missouri River uprooted the towns of Niobrara, Neb., and Vermillion, S.D., created Lake Manawa in Iowa and determined the size of the nation's largest reservoir system, built about a half-century later.

The flood was the consequence of the bitterly cold, snowy winter that author Laura Ingalls Wilder named the “Long Winter.”

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