This 2011 flood, originally triggered by a series of storms depositing six times the normal rainfall, has proven to be the worst possible situation for which the plan was designed — "The Project Flood." To date, two of the three major floodways have been used. As the water surges toward the Gulf of Mexico, politicians and engineers are scrambling to shift its path to that of the least possible damage.
Google, in conjunction with the satellite imaging company GeoEye, captured and released these images of Cairo and a portion of the surrounding flooded farmlands...
Cairo, Ill. Before image taken June 27, 2009; After image taken May 8, 2011. Satellite images courtesy of Google and GeoEye.
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