Flooded Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 26th, 2016. Images ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

Satellites Monitor Rising Flood Waters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Citizens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa teamed up with National Guard troops to place 250,000 sandbags through out the city in an effort to protect property from a rapidly swelling Cedar River, reports CNN.

The flooding caused the evacuation of 10,000 people over the weekend, and has left the community at a stand still as citizens wait for the flood waters to recede so they may return to their homes.

Planet’s monitoring satellites captured the region immediately before the storms swept in and delivered heavy rainfall. As the clouds parted on Monday, Planet’s satellites again documented the engorged Cedar River winding through the county.

In the three animations below, just one week passes between the two images, capturing the drastic change.

Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa over one week. Images ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.
Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa over one week. Images ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.
Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa over one week. Images ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

The latest reporting indicates that the rising waters have caused no injuries and that the sandbags have performed well in protecting properties in the city.