Areas along the Mississippi River experienced flooding in April and June of 2013 due to extremely heavy rainfall. The river was at or near crest in several locations - some areas reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage.
These Landsat images, acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite, show an area of the river that makes up the central Missouri and Illinois state borders. The first image was acquired as the flooding began, on April 20, 2013. According to the Army Corps of Engineers and USGS National Water Information System, peak water levels in this region occurred twice, once on April 25, and again on June 4, 2013. Through summer, the water receded to a more normal stage, as seen in the images from July 9 and July 25, 2013.
Landsat data can be used to monitor water levels and soil moisture throughout the seasons or for extreme events.