Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Aftermath of Hurricane Ike

Google / NOAA


Three days after Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, Texas as a Category 2 hurricane, severe flooding has challenged Gulf Coast residents from Texas to Louisiana. A team at Google has been gathering information we hope will be useful to residents of the affected regions and the relief agencies working to help them.

After Hurricane Ike came ashore in the wee hours Saturday morning and as the weather cleared, NOAA's Remote Sensing Division began flying rapid response aerial reconnaissance missions of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf region. This aerial imagery is intended to provide emergency managers with a broad view of damage and residual flooding, so that they can prioritize and direct response to aid those in greatest need in the affected regions.

Members of the Google Earth team have processed this imagery into a KML image overlay for easy access by anyone. To view the imagery in Google Earth, download the KML by clicking on "Open this KML" below.



Open in Google Earth