Floodwaters filled portions of the Mississippi River Basin on March 15, 2016. Image ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

Continued Flooding near the Mississippi River

Record-setting rains in early March, 2016, have led to extensive flooding around the southern reaches of the Mississippi River. Soils in the area are now saturated, and will lead to elevated regional flood risk through the end of spring.

These false-color images from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) show the rise of floodwaters from March 5 to March 14, 2016. According to the NASA Earth Observatory water appears dark blue; saturated soil is light blue; vegetation is bright green; and bare ground is brown.

This video below shows an area of northeastern Louisiana between the Mississippi and Bayou Bartholomew. On February 10, 2016, RapidEye data revealed dry late-winter fields. By March 15 much of the area was covered in muddy water:

High-resolution, high cadence satellite imagery can help emergency responders prepare for natural disasters before they occur, monitor events as they unfold, and aid reconstruction in the aftermath. As the water recedes first responders on the ground, planes in the air, and satellite constellations orbiting above will collect data that will aid affected areas during the road to recovery.