Lumberton, N.C. before Hurricane Florence Lumberton, N.C. after Hurricane Florence

The town of Lumberton, N.C. is among the many feeling the impact of Hurricane Florence.

The Lumber River runs through the city of nearly 21,000, which is south of Fayetteville. The river crested twice at over 20 feet, well above the flood stage of 13 feet. The water flooded the city, highways and surrounding rural areas. More than 500 people were evacuated from Lumberton, and more than 500 structures were damaged.

These images from Sentinel-2A show the extent of the flooding. The first was captured on Aug. 9, more than a month before the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The second was captured on Sept. 18, as the Lumber River was still rising.

The water cut across Interstate 95, pooled in the Lumberton Regional Airport and flooded land for miles south of the city.

Sentinel and Landsat images, archived at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, allow for the monitoring of change after natural and man-made disasters.