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Maps & Images

Flood Map, City of New Orleans (PDF, 12.4MB)

Hurricane Katrina Damage Slide Show Photos (2 min, 12 sec Flash movie)


Where can I go to see images of damage from Hurricane Katrina?

Images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina can be found at various Web sites. Below are links to a few of the most visited sites. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) host a significant number of the most widely used images. Some sites allow user interaction, while others simply display image files. Continue to refer back to these sites, as the images are frequently updated.

http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/katrina/
www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2494.htm
http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/katrina/KATRINA0000.HTM
www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/hurricanes2005/katrina/default.htm
www.orbimage.com/

(John Davis, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program) 9-21-05

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Where can I go to see a map of the greater New Orleans area and where the flooding occurred?

The following site, developed by C&C Technologies, provides an interactive map showing the greater New Orleans area and where flooding occurred. After spending a few minutes reading over the site in order to understand how the data was compiled and the user instructions, click “Go To Map” at the bottom of the page.

http://mapper.cctechnol.com

A hurricane impact assessment developed prior to Hurricane Katrina by the Center for the Study of Health Impacts of Hurricanes at Louisiana State University provides a brief overview of how/why the flooding occurred within the city. Embedded in the site are additional links to further data.

www.publichealth.hurricane.lsu.edu/convert%20to%20tables/ New%20Orleans%20Study%20Areatf.htm

Please refer to “Where can I see images of damage from Hurricane Katrina?” to view actual airborne and space borne imagery of the New Orleans area prior to and after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

(John Davis, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program) 9-21-05

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Where can I see images of damage from Hurricane Rita?

Images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Rita can be found at various web sites. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) host a significant number of the most widely used images. Continue to refer back to these sites, as the images are frequently updated.

http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/rita/
www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/h2005_rita.html

(John Davis, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program) 10-3-05

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How did Cameron Parish fare during Hurricane Rita?

The beaches of Cameron Parish were located just east of the point of landfall for Hurricane Rita, in the right-front quadrant where winds and surge were a maximum. Some small towns in this zone no longer have any structures remaining. The combination of low elevations and a storm surge approaching 6 m (20 ft) that swept across the coast resulted in bare concrete slabs and less-than-vertical pilings where buildings had been located. The site below contains before and after photos that depict the complete destruction of homes and businesses in the vicinity of the towns of Holly Beach and Peveto Beach. These images were acquired as part of a cooperative research program between U.S. Geological Survey and the University of New Orleans (Source: USGS Hurricane Impact Studies).

http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/rita/photo-comparisons/cameron.html

(Abby Sallenger, USGS) 10-11-05

The downloadable images are taken from Landsat Satellite imagery acquired on Oct. 7, 2005 (after) and Sept. 21, 2005 (before) Hurricane Rita. The images cover the area of southwestern Louisiana from Sabine Lake to White Lake. The differences over the 16 day period are striking. The marshlands, forested areas and crop lands are very healthy looking in the September image. Compare this to the October image where the marsh and other lands are very unhealthy looking with dark, drab colors. These areas were inundated with salt water. It is obvious that considerable damage was done to the region, likely from salt water flooding.

(DeWitt Braud, LSU Coastal Studies Institute) 10-11-05

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