Morganza Spillway Before and After Photos Released

BY Vanessa Dennis  May 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM EST

After engineers opened the Morganza spillway Saturday in an attempt to divert surging floodwaters from heavily populated areas in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Google and GeoEye released some before and after satellite photos Monday evening.

Above: wide shot of Morganza spillway in Louisiana in 2007.
Below: Same view on Sunday

Here’s another view:

Above: Flood barrier in Morganza spillway in Louisiana in 2009.
Below: Opened floodgate along Morganza spillway in Louisiana on Sunday.

Also Monday evening, mapping software company ESRI released a map of flood-prone areas in Louisiana: