Flooding after Mississippi river breach

Before and after shots captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite show the after effect of a breached levee on the Mississippi River.

A hole was intentionally blown in the levee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 2, 2011 to save the city of Cairo, Illinois from flooding. Breaching the levee has resulted in around 130,000 Acres of farmland being flooded in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway.

Hover over the image below to compare flooding on April 29 with May 4, 2011.

NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Via Earth Observatory.


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