Nebraska Flooding Seen from Space in Dramatic Detail

Nebraska’s Platte River swelled this month with record-breaking floodwaters.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

A brand-new series of before-and-after images reveals the continuous flooding in Nebraska in jaw-dropping information.

The images, produced by the European Union’s Earth-observation program, Copernicus, reveal rivers relied on lakes and farms and towns undersea. The record flooding is the outcome of a “ bomb cyclone” that struck the main U.S. recently. The term describes a storm that forms beyond the tropics in which air pressure drops extremely quickly.

In Nebraska, snowmelt and rains connected with the storms have inflamed rivers and creeks. According to the National Weather Condition Service workplace in Hastings, Nebraska, a minimum of 6 river assesses have actually tape-recorded their greatest levels ever. North of St. Paul, Nebraska, for instance, a gauge on the North Loup River tape-recorded a level of 12.6 feet (3.8 meters), breaking a record of 9.6 feet (2.9 m) embeded in1947 National Weather condition Service workers in the town of Valley, near Omaha, needed to desert their workplaces on Friday (March 15) due to flooding. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit]

Satellite images reveals the level of the damage. The European Area Firm’s Sentinel-2 satellite gathers images from throughout all of Earth’s land and seaside areas every 5 days. Researchers with Copernicus EU compared pictures taken March 16 with pictures taken Feb. 4, prior to the rivers increased.

The satellites had a clear view of the confluence of the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers, which fulfill simply west of Omaha. Valley, the website of the National Weather condition Service workplaces, sits in between the 2 rivers. In February, the Elkhorn looked like a thin, snaking line, easily far-off from the more comprehensive Platte. Since March 16, the 2 rivers had actually almost combined in locations, flooding big locations of structures and farmland.

Flooding is extensive throughout the state: States of emergency situation have actually been stated in 56 cities, 56 counties and 4 tribal locations.

One-third of Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska was flooded.

One-third of Offutt Flying Force Base in Nebraska was flooded.

Credit: NASA Earth Observator

While the flooding continues, the majority of the state has actually seen its greatest waters. The Elkhorn River crested the day Sentinel-2 took these images, striking a record-breaking 24.6 feet (7.5 m) at Waterloo, Nebraska. The previous record, embeded in 1962, was 19.1 feet (5.8 m). The Platte River crested at Louisville at 13.75 feet (4.2 m) over the weekend, according to the National Weather condition Service, breaking the 1960 record of 12.4 feet (3.8 m).

Flooding continues along much of the Missouri River, which crested at 40.62 feet (124 m) at Plattsmouth over the weekend and stays at 38.48 feet (117 m) since today (March 18). That puts the river at 12.48 feet (3.8 m) above flood phase.

A water assess at the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River simply south of the South Dakota border went dark on Thursday (March 14) after the dam stopped working, sending out an 11- foot-high (3.4 m) wave of water downriver, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported. The water removed several structures downstream, brought away bridges, severed pipelines and overloaded wells, leaving lots of neighborhoods without tidy drinking water.

Initially released on Live Science