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Planet Satellite Imagery Shows Harvey Devastation

September 1, 2017

By Aric Toler

Translations: Русский

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories.

Using satellite imagery from Planet, Bellingcat has surveyed the extensive damage to areas near Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. The majority of post-Harvey imagery available is for southwest and southern Houston and Galveston, with little imagery available for eastern and northern parts of the area.

Some of the most devastating damage can be seen along the Brazos River, southwest of central Houston.

August 23 / August 30 (©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0)

North of the Harris Reservoir, a small residential area near the Texas Department of Criminal Justice saw significant flooding around Owl Creek.

August 21 / August 31 (©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0)

Below, we see flooding west of Houston, between the towns of Orchard and Cumings along the Brazov River. The flooding is especially severe in the northwest part of the satellite image, showing Brazos Valley and Simontown.

August 23 / August 31 (©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0)

South of Houston in the seaside city of Galveston, damaging floods can be observed, but not to the same extent as southwestern Houston.

August 21 / August 30 (©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0)

Just northwest of Galveston Island, we can observe flooding near Greens Lake in southern Texas City.

July 11 / August 30 (©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0)

Bellingcat will continue to publish updates on the flooding near Houston as additional satellite imagery becomes available on Planet.

Aric Toler

Aric Toler started volunteering for Bellingcat in 2014 and has been on staff since 2015. He currently heads up Bellingcat's training efforts and its Eastern Europe/Eurasia research.

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