Imaging Louisiana’s Historic Flooding
In mid-August 2016, a massive storm hit southern Louisiana, causing record flooding. Over a dozen people lost their lives to the floods, and analysts estimate over $30 million in damage—making this the largest US disaster since Hurricane Sandy.
Frequent satellite imagery reveals flooding on the ground. Outside the town of Henderson, Louisiana, the sediment-filled water of the Atchafalaya River flows into Lake Bigeaux. Waters fills the surrounding flood channels and floodplains on the outskirts of the town:
From Henderson, if we travel about 70 miles eastward, we reach the town of Sorrento, Louisiana—a community that experienced extreme flooding. During the storm, waters inundated flood channels and overflowed into Sorrento:
As the massive recovery effort begins, satellites in space and planes in the air will continue to monitor southern Louisiana in an effort to help the region’s long, expensive clean-up and recovery process.