Hurricane Laura: Spectacular before and after photos show scope of devastation in Louisiana

  • Published on September 2nd, 2020

From August 27-31, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected aerial damage assessment images in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Imagery was collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. Collected images are available to view online via the NGS aerial imagery viewer. View tips on how to use the imagery viewer.

Hurricane Laura, seen here by GOES EAST on August, 27, 2020, at 2 A.M. ET.
Hurricane Laura, seen here by GOES EAST on August, 27, 2020, at 2 A.M. ET.

By NOAA

NOAA’s aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities. This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment. View NOAA Emergency Response Imagery collected on the following days:

August 27Chandeleur Islands and the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana

August 28Port Arthur and Beaumont, Louisiana

August 29Outer coast areas from Cameron, Louisiana, to the Bolivar Peninsula, Texas; the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from East Bay, Texas, to West Port Arthur, Port Arthur, and Orange, Texas.

August 30LA-90 and LA-14 highway corridors, covering areas spanning from Lake Charles to Lafayette and Delcambre, Louisiana; Coastal areas from Cameron to Cheniere au Tigre, Louisiania; Grand Lake to Intracoastal City, Louisiana

August 31LA-82 from Cameron to Forked Island, Louisiana

Before/After: Selected Images from the Aerial Imagery Viewer

Top “After” imagery was captured by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Lower “Before” imagery is provided by MapboxDigital Globe, and OpenStreetMap (On the NOAA website you can use a scrolling function to superimpose the two maps and sweep back and forth between the before and after views)

East of Grand Lake, Louisiana (near the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway) after Laura

East of Grand Lake, Louisiana (near the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway) before Laura

East of Grand Lake, Louisiana (near the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway) | View this location on the map.

Lake Charles, Louisiana (East of Lake Charles Regional Airport) after Laura

Lake Charles, Louisiana (East of Lake Charles Regional Airport) before Laura

Lake Charles, Louisiana (East of Lake Charles Regional Airport) | View this location on the map.

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Just north of Lake Charles Loop on I-210) after Laura

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Just north of Lake Charles Loop on I-210) before Laura

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Just north of Lake Charles Loop on I-210) | View this location on the map.

an image showing the area near Cameron, Louisiana before Laura

an image showing flooding near Cameron, Louisiana after Laura

Near Cameron, Louisiana | View this location on the map.

an image showing the area near Holly Beach, Louisiana before Laura

an image showing damage near Holly Beach, Louisiana after Laura

Near Holly Beach, Louisiana | View this location on the map.

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