Date Original

1927 April


This collection contains a bound report of the 1927 Arkansas River flood in Little Rock, Arkansas, by the Arkansaw Water Company and contains typed reports, personal stories, photographs, and press clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

In April 1927, Arkansas received record rainfall with over seven inches falling in Little Rock in just a few hours. The ground was already saturated, and flooding on the Mississippi River began affecting other rivers including the Arkansas. This flood cost Arkansas more in both human lives and property damage than any other state along the Mississippi River Valley. The flood affectively covered thirty-six of the seventy-five Arkansas counties in water up to thirty feet deep and covered 6,600 square miles. At the time, Little Rock's water supply came from the Arkansas River and was supplemented by wells in low lying areas of the city that were affected by the flood. The Arkansas Water Company began providing water for Little Rock, Arkansas in 1910 and continued through 1936 when the city of Little Rock purchased the system and formed the Little Rock Municipal Water Works.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Arkansaw Water Company Report of the 1927 Flood, MS.000845


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansaw Water Company Report of the 1927 Flood, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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