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Extensive Floods in United Kingdom
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Rain continues to fall in the United Kingdom, bringing more water to an
already water-logged landscape. Some rivers there are experiencing
their worst flooding in more than 50 years. Of particular note,
Britain's River Ouse reached its highest levels on record since 1625.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes since October
30, when a large low-pressure system brought torrential rains and
hurricane-force winds, placing regions around more than 40 rivers across
the country on flood alert. Since then, the rains have persisted,
keeping water levels high and causing additional rivers to overrun their
banks. In all, at least 12 people have been killed and more than 5,000
properties flooded. Some officials estimate damages could reach 500
million pounds (roughly $715 million).
These Landsat 7 scenes show a comparison of the region surrounding
Exeter, England, before and after the floods. The top image was
acquired September 28 and the bottom image was acquired October 30,
2000. Note the extensive flooding along the River Exe in the bottom
image (blue pixels). The light bluish-white pixels in the top image are
clouds, and the black splotches on the landscape are the clouds'
shadows. The reddish-brown shapes are agricultural fields.