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Surrey imager captures Colorado flood devastation

Days of heavy rain in September caused severe damage to property and forced the rescue of thousands of people in the Boulder County region of Colorado. Eight people lost their lives.
Copyright information: CHRIS satellite image© [2013] SSTL, all rights reserved, supplied by DMCii.
More than 15 inches of rain - nearly half the region's annual average - fell in a single week, according to the National Weather Service.
 
Flooding impacted the homes and lives of many of our staff, partners, and friends.
 
The images below were captured by the CHRIS imager on September 17, 2013, and September 19, 2013, after the water started to subside, showing some of the damage caused by the flooding.

Copyright information: CHRIS satellite image© [2013] SSTL, all rights reserved, supplied by DMCii.
Image Credits: SSTL/ESA

The water levels in the Boulder Reservoir (top) and the smaller Sixmile Reservoir rose and encroached the natural barrier between the two bodies of water. The perimeter paths were also submerged.

Copyright information: CHRIS satellite image© [2013] SSTL, all rights reserved, supplied by DMCii.
Image Credits: SSTL/ESA

At the Baseline Reservoir, Cherryvale Road (running north–south) and West Baseline Road (running east–west) have been rendered impassable.

Grand Junction:
Trains were unable to run between Denver in the east and Grand Junction due to flood-damaged tracks alongside the Colorado River, causing 600-mile detours.

The CHRIS imager:
The Chris Imager

The Surrey-developed and built Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) imager is a highly versatile hyper-spectral system with twelve years of flight heritage and performance, offering in-orbit programmable selection of spectral bands, location, bandwidth, and ground sampling distance. In orbit since 2001, this high-resolution imager enables the acquisition of detailed images of Earth.

 

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