Before and after: Damage from Hurricane Laura seen from above

Before and after: Damage from Hurricane Laura seen from above
Holly Beach, Louisiana post Hurricane Laura Courtesy: National Geodetic Survey (Courtesy: National Geodetic Survey)

Quick Facts:

  • Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane
  • Winds around 150 miles-per-hour moved across southwestern Louisiana
  • Homes and buildings were destroyed with these winds
  • Damage assessments are happening not only on ground-level but also from above

In the hours after Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, images and videos starting coming in not just showing the strength of this storm but also the damage left behind.

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Once the storm cleared out enough, people started looking at all the damage and started to clean up.

That wasn’t just happening on the ground. It was also happening above with images showing the damage.

The National Geodetic Survey immediately started collected images for damage assessment in very specific areas with help from NOAA and FEMA.

These images are going to not only help out with damage assessments but they are a critical tool used to see the damage caused to the waterways, coastlines and other critical infrastructure that we wouldn’t normally see from crews on the ground.

With these specific images, officials are to compare side by side some of the damage along the coastline from Southeast Texas into Southwest Louisiana and even parts of Southeast Louisiana.

Look at this set of images. The one on the left is a view of Holly Beach, Louisiana (near where Hurricane Laura made landfall) before the storm. The one on the right is the same beach the day after landfall. (Try sliding the bar back and forth).

There you are really able to see the storm surge and how far inland the saltwater came onto the beach and the houses near the beach.

Another look is east of the airport in Lake Charles (which is about 25 miles inland):