Photographs of disasters dot albums and newspaper "morgues" the world over, but the 1951 spring floods along the Upper Mississippi and its tributaries were worthy of attention, resulting in the highest water since 1880. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the locale for this image, lies on relatively low land and it floods relatively frequently, the lake in the view usually being high ground. The section crew here was leaving the Milwaukee Road toolhouse at Prairie du Chien, to work on tracks in the valley of the Wisconsin River to the east to Wauzeka. The photographer, Norbert "Norm" Adler, was section foreman. The crew on the motorized track car consisted of, from left, Joe Rieser, Bill Byers, Jim Keating, Ed Hayes, Pete Nissen, Ray Corbett, and Leo Lucey. Their smiles indicate recognition that the circumstances were special, not every day, though they must have anticipated long, tough, wet hours ahead.