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Members of Battery C, 163rd Field Artillery, Indiana National Guard, place sandbags at the entrance to Kimmell Park during the 1950 flood.

In the beginning days of 1950, Vincennes residents were bracing for what was expected to be one of the worst floods in the city’s history. Heavy rain over the Wabash and western White River basins led to a prediction that the Wabash River at Vincennes would reach 28 feet, very near what the flood wall, constructed in 1932-33, could handle. Minor flood stage was 16 feet.

Parts of the wall had been damaged in the massive 1943 flood, when the river crested at 28.99 feet, and hadn’t been properly repaired.

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