Mississippi river flooding: before and after

Rising flood waters along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are continuing to threaten communities across multiple US States.

This set of before and after satellite shots from NASA compares the river system under normal conditions in 2010, with the flooding over the past week as it gradually spread South.

Hover over each aerial photo to see affected areas.

Junction of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers.

Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

Breached levee at the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway – Infrared and visible light image.

Spreading south along the Mississippi towards Memphis – Infrared and visible light image. Clouds appear as blue-green.


  • Infrared + visible light images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Others, NASA Earth Observatory images created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat data provided by the United States Geological Survey.

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