05 May '11, 9pm

Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers [image] #NASA

Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers [image] #NASA

Rivers spilled over their banks at the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio in early May 2011. The flood waters inundated homes, businesses, and agricultural fields. The Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured these natural-color images on May 3, 2011 (top), and April 14, 2010 (bottom). Rivers remain confined to their banks in April 2010, but the scene is awash in muddy water 13 months later. In May 2011, vegetation lining the riverbanks provides ghostly outlines of the rivers’s normal channels. Communities along the river—Mt. Vernon, Henderson, and Evansville—appear drier than nearby floodplains. By April 30, floods had already blocked many roads to the area, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. Residents had already started moving their belongings to higher ground, if not leaving altogether. As of April 30, the Ohio River was forecast to crest on May ...

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