Flash Flooding in Arkansas
NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Michon Scott.
Five days after deadly flash floods swept through the area, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color image of the Albert Pike campgrounds and the surrounding area, including the Little Missouri River and Route 369. Although flood damage is not conspicuous in this image, pre-flood imagery of the area suggests that the large sand-colored patches along the river may be areas scoured by floodwaters.
Early on the morning of June 11, 2010, flash floods raged through the Albert Pike campgrounds. Torrential rains had caused the Little Missouri River to surge more than 20 feet (6 meters) in a matter of hours. As of June 15, the death toll had risen to 20.
- Eligon, J., Sack, K., (2010, June 12). Floodwaters recede, leaving death and debris. The New York Times. Accessed June 18, 2010.
- WTHR. (2010, June 15). Death toll in Arkansas floods rises to 20. Accessed June 18, 2010.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.