This image, taken by the Landsat-5 satellite on May 3, 2011, shows the confluence of the two swollen rivers. Floods blanket farmland along both rivers.
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In the face of potentially disastrous flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set into motion a plan devised after the devastating floods of 1927. They decided to flood the New Madrid Floodway south of Cairo, Illi., and the confluence of the two rivers. So far, the plan has worked and water levels near Cairo have dropped.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image, which shows more typical spring conditions along the Mississippi, on May 5, 2010, exactly one year before the following image.
This image, acquired on May 5, 2011, shows the substantially swollen river, from north of Cairo to south of Memphis. In the west, the Black River is also…Read More »
swollen, and large areas of standing water appear between the Black and Mississippi Rivers.
On May 6, 2011, the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) reported that the Mississippi's water level had reached 46.68 feet (14.23 meters) at Osceola, Arkansas, and 46.14 feet (14.06 meters) at Memphis, Tenn. At both locations, the Mississippi is in major flood stage and expected to continue rising.