June 27, 2011 - Flooding in Minot, ND
Heavy rains in Canada caused historic flooding in Minot, North Dakota. The Landsat satellite images above reveal the extent of the flood. The Souris River, which flows through the middle of Minot, finally crested on June 26, but not before more than 4,000 homes and hundreds of businesses were flooded. About one-fourth of Minot's 40,000 residents evacuated the city. Residents expect a long recovery as the river slowly retreats.
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June 17, 2011 - Landsat Images Help Emergency Managers Fight Largest Fire in Arizona History
The Landsat 5 satellite captured images of the Arizona Wallow fire burning in eastern Arizona on June 7 and June 15. The images are false-colored to allow ease of identification of various objects that will help firefighters and emergency managers. Burn scars are red in the images, with ongoing fire as bright red , vegetation is green, smoke is blue , and bare ground is tan-colored.
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June 16, 2011 - Missouri River Flooding
Landsat images show water collecting behind Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota. On June 23, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the flow of the Missouri River through Gavins Point to 160,000 cubic feet per second. Heavy rain in the area triggered this latest release. The flow through the dam is expected to remain at this level through August. Downstream communities face flooding from the record high releases from Gavins Point and other upstream Missouri River reservoirs.