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In early 1950, Vincennes residents braced for what was expected to be one of the worst floods in the city’s history. Heavy rain over the Wabash basin and the western White River led to predictions that the Wabash River at Vincennes would reach 28 feet, very close to what the flood wall built in 1932-33 could handle. The minor flood stage was 16 feet.

Parts of the wall were damaged in a massive flood in 1943, when the river rose to 28.99 feet, and were not properly repaired.

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