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Before-and-after satellite images show full extent of Nebraska, Iowa flood devastation

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Nebraska and Iowa have been hit hard by flooding over the past several days.

Towns have been evacuated, crops and livestock have been destroyed and people have died.

The full extent, captured at the ground level by World-Herald photographers in the field, can intimately drive that home. 

But a view from above — way above — can show the catastrophic, almost unimaginable extent of the devastation.

In the before-and-after visuals below, using imagery from the EU's Sentinel-2 satellite, you can see whole Nebraska towns fall victim to the floods. Waters rise, trapping communities, and the previously identifiable river banks disappear into a hazy mass.

Explore the images below, moving the slider to see before and after imagery.

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Platte, Elkhorn rivers invade Waterloo, Valley 

Before imagery from March 21, 2018. After from March 16, 2019.

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Fremont on an island

Before imagery from March 21, 2018. After from March 16, 2019.

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Waters surge around Omaha

Before imagery from March 21, 2018. After from March 16, 2019.

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One-third of Offutt under water; river reaches Plattsmouth 

Before imagery from Feb. 4, 2019. After from March 16, 2019.

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Missouri Valley threatened

Before imagery from March 21, 2018. After from March 16, 2019.

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