The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster
This year's flooding across the Midwest and the South affected nearly 14 million people, yet the full scale of the slowly unfolding disaster has been difficult to fathom. To visualize just how extensive it was, The New York Times created this composite map showing all the areas that were inundated at some point from January through June.
The blue on the map, generated from satellite data used to detect flooding, shows the estimated extent and intensity of ' 'flooding.
The usual extents of — rivers are shown in white. ■ Farmland, much of which was so drenched that farmers had to delay planting, is shown in green.