Mississippi Flooding 2011
Heavy spring rains and snow-melt led to devastating floods along the Mississippi River in May 2011. Landsat 5 flew down the Mississippi River on May 10, 2011, giving a breathtaking view of the water's spread. To prevent flooding in Cairo, Illinois, the US Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole in the levee to let the waters flow into the New Madrid Floodway. Near Memphis Tennessee, flood waters crested at 48 feet, only inches below the record high level of the 1937 floods.