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Flood in the United States

Monday, 04 January 2016

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
United States of America
Date of Charter Activation:
3 January 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
16:10:51
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC-06:00
Charter Requestor:
USGS on behalf of FEMA
Project Management:
USGS

Description of the event

Three days of heavy rain have caused widespread flooding in the United States, stretching from Illinois down to Mississippi.

31 people have died and thousands have been forced to evacuate.

The states which have suffered flooding include: Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi, and flood warnings are in place for the neighbouring states of Louisiana and Tennessee.

Large parts of the United States have suffered from storms recently, and major flooding has occurred along the Ohio, Mississippi, Meramec and Arkansas Rivers.

This flooding has swept downstream along the rivers toward the south and is expected to continue until the middle of January.

In parts of Missouri, however, the flood waters have begun to recede, leaving residents to begin the long process of recovering their homes.

Flooding along the Illinois and Sangamon Rivers

Source: RapidEye / TerraSAR-X
Acquired: RapidEye: 05/01/2016
TerraSAR-X: 04/01/2016

Copyright: RapidEye © BlackBridge AG 2016 - All rights reserved
TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2016, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by FEMA

Flooding along the Mississippi River at Rosedale, Mississippi

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 11/01/2016

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2016) All rights reserved
Map produced by FEMA

Flooding along the Mississippi River near Memphis

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 06/01/2016

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2016) All rights reserved
Map produced by FEMA

Flooding along the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 11/01/2016

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2016) All rights reserved
Map produced by FEMA

Flood monitoring in USA along the Mississippi River

Source: Kanopus-V - MSS and PSS sensors
Acquired: 17/01/2016

Copyright: Kanopus-V © All rights reserved ROSCOSMOS 2016
Map produced by ROSCOSMOS