Some features of this site are not compatible with your browser. Install Opera Mini to better experience this site.

Spring Floods in the U.S. Midwest and Canada

Floods Recede around the Wabash-Ohio Confluence
Image

Floods Recede around the Wabash-Ohio Confluence

Acquired June 23, 2011, this natural-color image shows the Wabash-Ohio confluence after 2011 spring floods retreated.

Image of the Day Land Floods

Sediment from the Mississippi Floods
Image

Sediment from the Mississippi Floods

These maps illustrate how much sediment flowed into the Gulf of Mexico during the floods on the Mississippi River in May and June 2011. The nutrient-rich sediment is expected to contribute to the development of a record dead zone this summer.

Image of the Day Water Floods

Sediment in the Gulf of Mexico
Image

Sediment in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 17, 2011, and May 22, 2011, these natural-color images show sediment in the Gulf of Mexico, one consequence of Mississippi River flooding.

Land Water Floods

Lingering Floodwaters near Vicksburg, Mississippi
Image

Lingering Floodwaters near Vicksburg, Mississippi

These false-color images compare conditions along the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers around Vicksburg in June 2011, during heavy flooding, and three years earlier.

Land Floods

Morganza Floodway
Image

Morganza Floodway

These false-color images compare conditions along the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya Basin in June 2011, during heavy flooding, and three years earlier.

Land Floods

Lingering Floods in Louisiana
Image

Lingering Floods in Louisiana

Acquired June 8, 2011, and June 9, 2010, these false-color images compare conditions along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in Louisiana.

Floods

Floodwaters Retreat from Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway
Image

Floodwaters Retreat from Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway

Acquired May 3, 2011, and June 4, 2011, these natural-color images show the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway after the floodway was opened, and after flood waters receded.

Land Floods

Floodwaters Recede along Wabash and Ohio Rivers
Image

Floodwaters Recede along Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Acquired June 4, 2011, and May 3, 2011, these natural-color images compare flooded and post-flood conditions at the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers.

Land Floods

Waters Spread Across Floodway above Morgan City
Image

Waters Spread Across Floodway above Morgan City

In this false-color image of the flood plains above Morgan City, Louisiana, there are tell-tale signs of floodwater from the Morganza Spillway.

Image of the Day Land Floods

Lay of the Land Between Old River and the Mississippi
Image

Lay of the Land Between Old River and the Mississippi

This model of the land elevation between the Mississippi, the Atchafalaya, and the Old River show the uphill fight to control river flow.

Image of the Day Land Floods Human Presence

Lower Mississippi River Remains Swollen
Image

Lower Mississippi River Remains Swollen

Acquired June 1, 2011, and May 28, 2010, these false-color images compare conditions along the Lower Mississippi River.

Land Floods

Lingering Floods along the Mississippi River
Image

Lingering Floods along the Mississippi River

Acquired May 20, 2011, and April 14, 2011, these false-color images show water levels along the Mississippi River.

Land Floods

Sediment Plume in Lake Pontchartrain
Image

Sediment Plume in Lake Pontchartrain

Taken May 17, 2011, this astronaut photograph shows a plume of thick sediment in Lake Pontchartrain, delivered through the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

Land Floods

Morganza Floodway after Five Days of Flow
Image

Morganza Floodway after Five Days of Flow

The ASTER instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image of the Morganza Floodway on May 18, 2011.

Image of the Day Land Floods

Mississippi Floods near Vicksburg
Image

Mississippi Floods near Vicksburg

Acquired May 18, 2011, this natural-color image shows flooding along the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers near Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Land Floods

Water in the Morganza Floodway
Image

Water in the Morganza Floodway

Acquired May 18, 2011, and May 4, 2011, these false-color images show flooded conditions along the Lower Mississippi River, including diverted water entering the Morganza Floodway on May 18.

Floods

Flooding near New Madrid, Missouri
Image

Flooding near New Madrid, Missouri

Taken May 12, 2011, this astronaut photograph shows flooding near New Madrid, Missouri.

Land Floods

Morganza Spillway Opens in Louisiana
Image

Morganza Spillway Opens in Louisiana

This image from the Advanced Land Imager on NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite was acquired on May 15, 2011, about 24 hours after the Morganza Spillway was partially opened by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ease flooding along the Mississippi River.

Image of the Day Land Floods

Mississippi Floods in Missouri and Tennessee
Image

Mississippi Floods in Missouri and Tennessee

Taken May 12, 2011, this astronaut photograph shows flooding of the Mississippi River along the border between Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.

Land Floods

Mississippi Floods in Arkansas and Tennessee
Image

Mississippi Floods in Arkansas and Tennessee

Taken May 12, 2011, this astronaut photograph shows flooding of the Mississippi River around Tomato, Arkansas.

Land Floods

Rising Waters on the Lower Mississippi
Image

Rising Waters on the Lower Mississippi

Acquired May 15, 2011, April 29, 2011, and May 4, 2010, these false-color images show conditions along the Lower Mississippi River.

Land Floods

Morganza Floodway, 1973
Image

Morganza Floodway, 1973

Observations by Landsat 1 from 1973 show the Morganza Floodway after its first and only opening in 57 years.

Image of the Day Land Floods Human Presence

Floodwaters near Natchez
Image

Floodwaters near Natchez

Acquired May 11, 2011, and April 21, 2007, these false-color images show the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi. The image from May 2011 shows flooded conditions.

Land Floods

Flooding reaches Vicksburg, Mississippi
Image

Flooding reaches Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Mississippi River is rising around Vicksburg, Mississippi, in this image taken on May 10, 2011.

Floods

Flooding in Arkansas
Image

Flooding in Arkansas

Acquired May 10, 2011, and April 29, 2011, these false-color images show growing floods west of the Mississippi River.

Land Floods

Flooding in Memphis
Image

Flooding in Memphis

Acquired May 10, 2011, and April 21, 2010, these natural-color images show flooded and normal conditions along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee.

Image of the Day Land Floods Human Presence

Flooding Continues along the Red River
Image

Flooding Continues along the Red River

Acquired May 7, 2011, and May 14, 2010, these false-color images compare conditions along the Red River of the North.

Land Floods

Floods Continue along the Mississippi River
Image

Floods Continue along the Mississippi River

Acquired May 8, 2011, April 29, 2011, and May 3, 2010, these false-color images show water levels along the Mississippi River between Memphis and Vicksburg.

Land Floods

High Waters along the Mississippi River
Image

High Waters along the Mississippi River

Acquired May 8, 2011, and April 29, 2011, these false-color images show rising water levels along the Mississippi River.

Land Floods

Floods Spread South along the Mississippi River
Image

Floods Spread South along the Mississippi River

Acquired May 5, 2011, and May 5, 2010, these false-color images compared flood conditions in 2011 to calmer conditions one year earlier.

Image of the Day Land Floods

Flooding at the Junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
Image

Flooding at the Junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

Floods blanket farmland around the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in this Landsat image from May 3, 2011.

Image of the Day Land Floods

Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers
Image

Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Acquired May 3, 2011, and April 14, 2010, these natural-color images show the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers.

Land Floods

Spring Floods in the U.S. Midwest and Canada
Image

Spring Floods in the U.S. Midwest and Canada

Acquired may 4, 2011, April 29, 2011, and April 29, 2010, these false-color images show the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Land Floods

Flooding in Wake of Levee Breach
Image

Flooding in Wake of Levee Breach

Acquired May 3, 2011, and April 29, 2011, these false-color images show the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers before and after the destruction of a levee.

Image of the Day Land Floods Human Presence

Flooding along the James River, South Dakota
Image

Flooding along the James River, South Dakota

Acquired May 1, 2011, this natural-color image shows the James River completely filling the river valley near Jamesville, South Dakota.

Land Floods

Continued Flooding along the Mississippi
Image

Continued Flooding along the Mississippi

Acquired April 29, 2011, and April 29, 2010, these false-color images demonstrate worse springtime flooding conditions in 2011.

Land Floods

Flooding along the Mississippi River
Image

Flooding along the Mississippi River

Acquired April 28, 2011, and April 29, 2010, these false-color images compare spring flooding conditions.

Land Floods

Heavy Rain in Central United States
Image

Heavy Rain in Central United States

This map depicts rainfall for the Midwestern U.S. from April 19 to 25, 2011, when severe rains added to spring melt to bring dozens of rivers above flood stage.

Image of the Day Atmosphere Floods

Spring Flooding in Manitoba
Image

Spring Flooding in Manitoba

Acquired April 24, 2011, and April 4, 2011, these false-color images show melting snow and rising waters in Manitoba.

Land Floods

Spring Floods in Saskatchewan
Image

Spring Floods in Saskatchewan

Acquired April 21, 2011, and April 21, 2010, these false-color images show widely diverging snowmelt and flooding conditions in Saskatchewan.

Floods

Rising Waters along the Red River
Image

Rising Waters along the Red River

Acquired April 14, 2011, and March 18, 2011, these false-color images show conditions along the Red River in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba.

Land Floods

Rising Rivers in the U.S. Midwest
Image

Rising Rivers in the U.S. Midwest

Acquired April 12, 2011, and March 2, 2011, these false-color images show retreating snows and rising rivers in the U.S. Midwest.

Land Floods

Spring Flooding in the Upper Midwest
Image

Spring Flooding in the Upper Midwest

Acquired April 6, 2011, March 18, 2011, and March 7, 2011, these false-color images show melting snow and rising water levels in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Land Floods

Receding Snow Sets Stage for Floods near Fargo
Image

Receding Snow Sets Stage for Floods near Fargo

The Advanced Land Imager on NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite captured these natural-color views of snow cover, melting, and developing floods around Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. in spring 2011.

Image of the Day Land Floods Snow and Ice

Retreating Snow and Advancing Water in the Upper Midwest
Image

Retreating Snow and Advancing Water in the Upper Midwest

Acquired April 6, 2011, March 28, 2011, and February 28, 2011, these false-color images show the retreat of snow and advance of water in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Image of the Day Land Floods Snow and Ice

Rising Waters on the James River
Image

Rising Waters on the James River

Acquired April 4, 2011, and March 5, 2011, these false-color images show snow cover retreat and rising rivers in South Dakota.

Land Floods

Rising Waters on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers
Image

Rising Waters on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers

Acquired March 27, 2011, and February 28, 2011, these false-color images show rising waters on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.

Land Floods

Rising Waters on the Mississippi River
Image

Rising Waters on the Mississippi River

Acquired March 1 and 20, 2011, these false-color images show rising waters on the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries.

Land Floods

High Waters along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
Image

High Waters along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

Acquired March 12, 2011, and February 12, 2011, these false-color images show parts of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers before and after melting snow raised water levels.

Land Floods

Early Spring Floods in Indiana
Image

Early Spring Floods in Indiana

Swollen rivers and greening land in this image of southern Indiana on March 1, 2011, are signs that spring is approaching.

Image of the Day Land Floods Snow and Ice