Sunday, June 22, 2008

Iowa, Illinois and Missouri Flooding is Visible from Space

"In early June, 2008 the United States Midwest was hit by a steady string of rainstorms. The precipitation completely saturated the ground and produced record flooding in many parts of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and other Midwestern states. Flooding was severe enough to exceed 500-year levels in several areas...." (continue reading here)A view of from space of the flooding and results of levee breaches along the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. The large blue "lakes" in the "after" image are areas behind levees that were overtopped or breached. The water was then trapped behind the levee and could not reenter the river. NASA image from EarthObservatory.

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