The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993
Funny how things go.
I called NatGeo about covering the Great flood of 1993 and they said they were not going to do a story on it. So, I flew to California for a much needed vacation.
As soon as I landed, I had a voice mail requesting that I call the Assistant Director of Photography. I did. Three hours later, I was on a flight from LAX to St. Louis, Missouri.
Over the next month, I spent 72 hours in a mix of helicopters documenting the flood on the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa rivers. St. Louis was my base and I flew as far north as Des Moines, Iowa; south to Cairo, Illinois and west to Springfield, Missouri.
Aircraft ranged from a Bell Jet Ranger, Schweitzer 300, U.S. Coast Guard Daulphine, Illinois Army Guard Huey's, Missouri Guard LOH "Cayouse" and a trusty fixed-wing Champ.